Dec
15

While we’re on the subject . . .

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Now that Cecil Bothwell (and H.K. Edgerton and the Stompers) have gotten us a little national exposure, I just want to point out that expunging the “supreme being” language from the state constitution would require either a) a constitutional convention, or b) a referendum. You only get a referendum if three-fifths of both the House and Senate vote in favor of one, however. You really only get a convention after some radical change in conditions, so we’re probably stuck with that provision for the foreseeable future.

North Carolina’s unconstitutional sodomy law, however, only needs majorities in the House and Senate – and the governor’s signature – to take its rightful place in the dustbin of history. A bill was introduced in this past session to repeal the law – Buncombe County’s own Susan Fisher cosponsored it – but it never made it out of committee. Really, since the committee it was assigned to never even took it up, you could say it never made it into committee.

I can’t tell which is stranger: That politicians should be so afraid of making it legal for consenting adults to do whatever they want in the privacy of their own homes, or that they should be so afraid of repealing any law that had already been found to be unconstitutional.

I dunno, but I’m guessing there just aren’t that many lawyers in the legislature.

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Comments

  1. Doug Gibson says:

    Good post about the history of the “supreme being” clause over at the AC-T.

  2. Michael Muller says:

    Bashing queers and demonizing atheists remains popular among North Carolina’s social conservatives, it seems.

    But not for long.