Republican House Speaker Tim Moore said House Bill 780, which proposed banning same-sex marriage in North Carolina, is dead and will not get a hearing in the House. In a statement on Wednesday, Moore said: “There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U.S. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue, therefore House Bill 780 will be referred to the House Rules Committee and will not be heard.” Bills often die in the Rules Committee due to lack of support from party leaders.
The bill was filed on Tuesday, and its short life does not come as a surprise since it would have violated the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage. The proposed legislation banning same-sex marriage gained widespread attention on social media shortly after a tweet from Buzzfeed News.
JUST IN: Republicans in North Carolina legislature file HB780 to defy Supreme Court’s marriage ruling — says same-sex marriages “not valid.” pic.twitter.com/qNIwohUVAR
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) April 11, 2017