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State senators in North Carolina have been debating the idea of an amendment to the state constitution to ban the state from recognizing marriages performed in other states.
The amendment, proposed by Sen. David Brattin (R-North Carolina), would amend the state’s constitution to prohibit North Carolinians from being bound by state or federal law to a same-sex marriage performed in another state.
Brattout said the amendment is necessary because North Carolins marriage law is “incompatible with federal civil rights protections.”
Brattin, who said he wants to “change the hearts and minds of the North Carolinian electorate,” also said that marriage equality is a “civil rights issue.”
“Marriage equality is not a religious issue, it is a civil rights issue,” Brattan said in a statement to The Hill.
“Marriage is the cornerstone of the family, and I believe marriage is the foundational institution of the U.S. Constitution.”
The amendment is expected to pass the Senate this week, and it would likely be approved by the House.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on the amendment later this week.
The North Carolina House passed a resolution Monday to remove Bratt out of the statehouse in a vote that was largely a floor fight.
Bratin has faced several lawsuits over his stance on gay marriage and the state legislature passed an anti-gay measure this year.