The North Carolina state legislature did not approve the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, until 1971, 50 years after it had been ratified by enough OTHER states to become a part of the Constitution.
The North Carolina state legislature did not approve the 26th Amendment, giving 18-year-olds the right to vote, until it had already been ratified by enough OTHER states to become a part of the Constitution, also in 1971.
But there are many scum-suckers right now in our state legislature, like House Republican Speaker Richard Morgan, who are just ITCHING to get a chance to pass a ban on gay marriage, which would become the 28th Amendment. Or like State Rep. Russell Capps, a Raleigh Republican who sponsored North Carolina's 1996 law banning same-sex marriages. Capps said he would just be pleased pink to introduce the amendment in the North Carolina General Assembly, as soon as it clears the U.S. Congress.
Once it passes the U.S. Congress, the new amendment will have seven years to be approved by at least three-fourths of the states, or a total of 38. Morgan and Capps are eager to deliver the Old North State to the Will of Intolerance.
So are Senator Elizabeth Dole ("Unfortunately, a constitutional amendment is now necessary to preserve marriage as the union between a man and a woman," she said in a statement), Republican congressmen Walter Jones and Robin Hayes, and -- get this! -- N.C. Democratic Congressman Rep. Mike McIntyre, from Lumberton. "We do not need a few judges trying to redefine marriage," McIntyre said Tuesday.
It's going to take North Carolinians expressing themselves to these fine North Carolina politicians to change their (small) minds. You can do that via e-mail by going here for Senator Dole and here for Congressman McIntyre (you have to register, but you should do it!).