N.C. speaker choice could impact debate on marriage

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: November 20, 2010 in Blog

Update (11/21/2010, 12:15 p.m.): North Carolina Republicans chose their next speaker and other leaders on Saturday. See more: “‘Level-headed Tillis chosen next N.C. speaker.”

North Carolina GOP House members are slated to pick their speaker today.

The Charlotte Observer reports:

Rep. Thom Tillis said Friday that he’s “cautiously optimistic” about being elected Saturday as his party’s choice for speaker of the N.C. House.

The 68 House Republicans meet today at state GOP headquarters in Raleigh to pick a House speaker and take other leadership votes.

The full House will officially elect a speaker when it reconvenes in January.

Tillis, 49, of Cornelius, is currently Minority Whip. He’s running against Minority Leader Paul Stam of Wake County, fellow Mecklenburg Republican Ric Killian and Mitch Gillespie of McDowell County.

GOP House members’ pick today will likely have an impact on the debate over a constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage. Stam, for example, has been extremely outspoken in his views on the subject in his past role as House minority leader. Tillis is more focused on business and the state of North Carolina’s economy.

Local media have picked up on the impending debate, which could start as soon as January or be held off until late 2011 or even to 2012. From FOX Charlotte: