RALEIGH, N.C. – Republican leaders in the North Carolina House are gearing up for a potential vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
House Majority Leader Paul Stam and Speaker Pro Tempore Dale Folwell scheduled a news conference last week to discuss legislation that could be voted on during a session that begins Sept. 12.
North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast that hasn’t approved an amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman.
It’s already illegal for same-sex couples to marry in North Carolina. Gay marriage opponents argue an amendment is needed to fight off potential court challenges.
Three-fifths of the members of the House and Senate would have to approve the question before it could go to voters next year.