Anti-LGBT Bills Become Law in Michigan, North Carolina

Written by scott on June 12th, 2015

Two states enshrined anti-LGBT discrimination into law yesterday, legalizing dangerously broad “religious freedom” aka right to discriminate laws.

The first one was North Carolina, where the House rushed through a veto override with no time for discussion. The Washington Blade reports:

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The North Carolina legislature has succeeded in overriding Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of controversial legislation that would enable magistrates to opt out of performing marriages to which they have religious objection, including a same-sex union. The override succeeded in the House on Thursday by a vote of 69-41, which is three votes more than the three-fifths vote needed for the legislative maneuver. The Senate already succeeded in overriding the veto last week by a vote of 32-16. The legislation, Senate Bill 2, would enable magistrates and registers of deeds to opt out of issuing marriage licenses for a period of at least six months to same-sex couples — or any couple — based on a religious objection.

Up north in Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder wasted no time signing his own state’s bills. The Washington Blade reports:


“Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law on late Thursday morning a package of religious freedom bills seen to enable anti-LGBT legislation in the state’s adoption agencies. Snyder announced he had signed the legislation — House Bills 4188, 4189, 4190 — just one day after the Michigan Senate approved the bills. The Michigan House already passed the bills in March. In a statement, Snyder said he signed the legislation as a means to ensure children without homes in Michigan have access to families to care for them. The new laws are set to go into effect in 90 days.”

Let’s be clear that the laws in both states allow someone to refuse service to anyone, not just gays and lesbians, based on their own personal religious beliefs.


8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Joe says:

    Doesn’t matter do you realize how many people are already ordained via the Internet? If love must win passes they will always be able to find someone to marry them so keep wasting government time and money! Geez!

  2. Mike Tulley says:

    Ok so now it’s time for big business to move out and for other businesses who are thinking about moving to these 2 states to look for another friendly state to move to! I call for a boycott Michigan and boycott south carolina! Make the states go bankrupt without visitors. I will never go to these 2 states and spend money in them!

  3. Michael says:

    I look forward to the day when both Right to Discriminate laws are challenged in court.

  4. Rick says:

    Cow towing to the far right who claim to be Christian, as Puck said in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, what fools these mortals be.

  5. Julie Williamson says:

    What the ???? How can this even be POSSIBLE in this country at ANY city, state or federal office?!?!?! We are a Union of 50 states that agreed well over 200 years ago that this country was for ALL people, of EVERY religious persuasion?!?!? How would that look if someone like me, who is not even Christian tried to do that to a straight couple because I didn’t like them for whatever MY personal reasons were??? Well, I’m sure there’d be a stop to THAT in a quick minute!!! QUIT HOLDING MY COUTNRY HOSTAGE WITH YOUR TWISTED RELIGIOUS BELIEFS!!! AND FELLOW AMERICANS, REMEMBER THAT THIS COUNTRY SHOUTS OUT EVERY DAY TO THE REST OF THE WORLD ABOUT HOW THIS IS SUCH A GREAT COUNTRY FOR ALL??? HMM….ONLY IF YOURE A WHITE, CHRISTIAN STR8 PERSON THEY WANT IT TO BE….NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!!!

  6. alan says:

    Lets take this a step further. You come into my establishment. You are black. My religious convictions prohibit me from serving you and I ask you to leave.
    Now is it OK???? The law says so!!

  7. Robert Hebert says:

    Shame on you Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. You are a bigot. I am so ashamed to be from Michigan. Ashamed that I have any ties to Michigan. It is a sad day.

  8. Steven says:

    I was born and raised in Michigan. Retired from GM and moved to FL. In time this law with bite them in the butt. It always comes full circle. If you can not wait move to Florida. The weather is much better.

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