Michigan, North Carolina Enact Anti-Gay Policy

Written by SK Ashby

The North Carolina state legislature has voted to override Governor Pat McCrory's veto of a so-called "religious freedom" bill that enables discrimination against gay couples.

From the Associated Press:

The Senate had voted to do the same with Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's veto a week ago. Thursday's House vote was just over the three-fifths majority needed.

The law means some register of deeds workers who assemble licenses and magistrates to solemnize civil marriages can decide to stop performing all marriages if they hold a "sincerely held religious objection."

Meanwhile, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill that will allow adoption agencies to refuse gay couples for religious reasons.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of bills Thursday that will allow faith-based adoption groups in Michigan to refuse to serve prospective parents, like same-sex or unmarried couples, if doing so would violate the groups' religious beliefs. [...]

The decision came after the bill was placed on the Senate's agenda at the last minute -- and with no notice Wednesday -- passed and quickly concurred by the House of Representatives.

There is every indication that the Republican party will go all-in on anti-gay policy in 2016. Their current presidential frontrunner has called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

The amount of fervor and fear on the right concerning the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on state gay marriage bans suggests to me that there will be an enormous push to nominate a candidate who is sufficiently anti-gay. I highly doubt a candidate who believes gay people should be treated like equal human beings will be able to win the nomination.