The liberal left in the Legislature is wasting no time in pushing the latest effort to recognize and protect homosexual behavior in North Carolina's schools. After being defeated in the Senate last year, gay advocates have refiled the bill in the NC Senate with a freakishly large title and pushed it through earlier this month. The title of a bill is important. Once a bill is on the floor, under the rules, it cannot be amended if that amendment would make the bill inconsistent with the title. With a title well over 200 words in length, no floor amendments can realistically be heard.
Make no mistake, the fix is in on this bill. During yesterday's House Education Committee meeting, Republican Leader Paul Stam (R-Wake) was not allowed to present a proposed committee substitute that would have outlawed all bullying in schools without the identifying language. The bill will again be heard in the Education Committee tomorrow and will most likely be on the House floor sometime next week.
The rush on this bill is perplexing given the huge impact it will have on our state. Despite the lack of change in the legislature during the last election, (ruling Democrats actually lost a seat in the Senate and remained the same in the House) liberals have begun to spin Novemeber as a huge leftist mandate that must be repaid during this session of the General Assembly.
Word behind the scenes is that a number of religious leaders are taking notice of what's being passed in Raleigh and the resulting email battle is heating up. One motivating factor for citizens in the hinterlands is the complete lack of movement on the Defense of Marriage Act while several bills favorable to the homosexual movement continue to advance.