Gov. Pat McCrory took some fire from a prominent social conservative the other day for saying he would accept the results of a federal court ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and instruct agencies to comply with it.
Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the N.C. Values Coalition, released a statement in response to the governor filing a lawsuit against leaders of the General Assembly over their appointments of commissions that he says encroach on his executive powers. Former governors Jim Hunt and Jim Martin joined in the lawsuit.
“Where was the governor's concern for the defense of our Constitution when a rogue judge enjoined the marriage amendment that 61 percent of North Carolina voters passed?” Fitzgerald said. “"It is a shame when our governor is more interested in expanding his executive power than he is in actually protecting and defending a real threat to our Constitution — the overreach of power by a federal judge who enjoined the marriage amendment and forced same-sex marriage on our state.”
McCrory spokesman Ryan Tronovitch responded: “We are proud to join two-term Republican Gov. Jim Martin in our continued effort to defend and uphold the North Carolina Constitution."
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Sixty-one percent of those who voted on the measure in 2012 voted to impose the ban.