Get with it
It’s hard to imagine two people more out of touch with the direction of history than Phil Berger and Thom Tillis. The sad part of it is, that despite being the two most powerful elected officials in the state legislature, both show a frightening lack of understanding regarding constitutional authority.
Word spread quickly on Monday that the U.S. Supreme Court would not hear appeals of lower court rulings that found unconstitutional several state bans on same-sex marriage. One of those rulings came from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and would become law in North Carolina once a judge applies the ruling to a case challenging our state’s constitutional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
Most legal experts concluded swiftly, as had Attorney General Roy Cooper and U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen, that the Fourth Circuit case would create a binding precedent in regard to North Carolina’s marriage laws. The Republican governor’s own legal advisors told him that same-sex marriage in North Carolina is inevitable.
That didn’t stop Tillis and Berger from issuing a terse statement that amounted to the two Republican leaders sticking their fingers in their ears.
“The people of North Carolina have spoken, and while the Supreme Court has not issued a definitive ruling on the issue of traditional marriage, we are hopeful they will soon,” said Tillis and Berger. “Until then, we will vigorously defend the values of our state and the will of more than 60 percent of North Carolina voters who made it clear that marriage is between one man and one woman.”
Earth to Thom and Phil: We don’t live in a “majority rules” society. We live in a constitutional republic.
Citing polls in this regard is doubly myopic, given that 80 percent of Millennials support same-sex marriage rights.
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