On Monday, Sept. 12, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to put on the May primary vote a referendum on amending the state constitution to prohibit gay marriage in North Carolina. North Carolina already has a constitutional clause that explains marriage as between a man and a woman and does not recognize same-sex marriages. Then, the North Carolina State Senate voted on Tuesday 30 to 16 in favor of putting the referendum on the May ballot, bypassing the possibility of Governor Bev Perdue's veto.
Thom Goolsby, a North Carolina State Senator from New Hanover county, has posted a video on YouTube explaining why this referendum is on the ballot. (Read my previous post on Thom Goolsby here.) In it he explains that this fast-track May referendum is necessary because "activist judges" will get to decide before the voters can on whether or not the existing law can be challenged and/or overturned on constitutional grounds.
Hence, the referendum empowers voters because they get a chance to vote on how to define marriage in the state. Here are Goolsby's own words: "This is democracy in action, this is about empowering you as the voters, and anybody who tells you any different doesn't know what they are talking about."
Watch the video: