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New Bern, N.C. passes resolution supporting ban on same-sex marriage

Mayor refuses to sign: 'I am ashamed'
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

NEW BERN, N.C. — Aldermen of New Bern, N.C., on Tuesday passed a controversial resolution that supports amending the state’s constitution banning same-sex marriage, which is to be put before North Carolina voters in a ballot initiative on May 8.

The resolution was brought before the board of alderman earlier this month by Jerry Schill, co-chairman of the Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition. The resolution states, “Marriage between one man one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

The vote was 5-2 in support of the constitutional ban — Mayor Lee Bettis and Alderman Victor Taylor opposed it.

“I will not support any amendment to codify legislation which regulates bedroom activity in violation of the Equal Protection Amendment (14th amendment),” Bettis said. “I’m a Christian. But I’m also an American and the law of the land here and the Equal Protection Amendment says we are all created equal.”

Taylor said that the proposed amendment the resolution was supporting, N.C. Amendment One, was a terrible idea and possibly dangerous with “unknown consequences.”

The mayor also took supporters of Amendment One to task saying, “In this world where division and hatred are at a premium, I am ashamed at this moment … I’m ashamed that we are focusing the American attention away from what we are really good at: ingenuity, creativity, independence, freedom, hard work, education and tolerance.”

Bettis said the resolution would not, among other things, create one job, lower the price of gas, feed the poor or protect the nation’s borders from enemies.

Approximately 30 protesters both for and against the resolution showed up at the meeting Tuesday night with signs proclaiming their support or opposition to N.C. Amendment One. Since it was a Board of Aldermen workshop, the protesters were not allowed to speak.

After Bettis indicated he wouldn’t sign the resolution, Scott Davis, the city attorney, said the mayor pro tem could sign it. But the mayor pro tem is Taylor, who also voted against it.

Taylor said he would not sign it either.

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36 more reader comments:

  1. Wiccan capital of America.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:19pm
  2. It must be awful to be so hateful and scared alla time…

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:19pm
  3. see u at the SCOTUS!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:21pm
  4. Ughhhhh. All of this back and forth all over the place with gay rights. Yet, I see this persistence as a sign of winning. Push and we’ll push back. You can’t hold someone’s rights back forever.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:22pm
  5. Complete ignorance & violation of US Constitution!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:23pm
  6. BOOO !!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:23pm
  7. My adopted home wants me to be “less than.”. That makes me sad.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:23pm
  8. My gosh just let love be love ..

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:24pm
  9. guess i won’t be visiting my brother there…make him come visit me. don’t wanna support there economy be going there…

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:28pm
  10. They should change the name of the town to OLD Bern, for their old-fashioned ideas about marriage, love, and common decency!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:30pm
  11. Good for Mayor Lee Bettis and Alderman Victor Taylor to be on the side of what is right, legal, and just.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:32pm
  12. another southern state that wants to stay in the 15 century

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:32pm
  13. Of
    Course this is a state that supported slavery

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:33pm
  14. New Bern sucks and I’ll never spend a dime there again.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:38pm
  15. if you people read the article you would see that mayor of New Bern didn’t sign the resolution and neither did the mayor pro tem from the article “After Bettis indicated he wouldn’t sign the resolution, Scott Davis, the city attorney, said the mayor pro tem could sign it. But the mayor pro tem is Taylor, who also voted against it.

    Taylor said he would not sign it either.”

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:39pm
  16. And when do we get to vote on their marriages again?

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:40pm
  17. How dare you ban this as it is love between two people not just a man and a women. What happened to elected officials working for every single man, women and cild? It is to be for the people not the party or what you think is best. We need you to be each person!!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:41pm
  18. So if no one signed it, then did the city actually pass the resolution? I’m confused.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:43pm
  19. Idiots

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:43pm
  20. No offence But America is not the land of the free… Canada Is awesome for rights

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:44pm
  21. Every one I’d =

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:47pm
  22. Is =

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:47pm
  23. Guess the didn’t consider all the federal funding they are about to lose! You cannot take money from glbt people. And deny them the same freedoms you enjoy.
    And pay for all the federal funded programs……..

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:55pm
  24. Shame on them

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 9:02pm
  25. We are going to have equality, I just hope it happens in at least my life time.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 9:02pm
  26. Well I guess my partner and I won’t get married in New Bern. I know there are good, smart people living in New Bern, despite the passage of this bill. One day the truth will prevail over hypocrisy.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 9:08pm
  27. Backwoods hicks..They can marry their cousins but god forbid they make it legal for same sex marriage..

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 9:22pm
  28. I predict an increase in tourism on the Delaware coast.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 9:34pm
  29. Well, f*ck you, too, useless town.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 9:42pm
  30. good 4 them!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 9:53pm
  31. Next they will want slavery reestablished, women’s rights stripped from them and want to monitor everyone’s behavior in the bedroom. They are knowingly and willfully taking business and tourism away from their state. Asheville will become a ghost town and any artist and craftsman will pack up and leave the state.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 10:43pm
  32. enjoy your bigoted nazi like temporary win New Bern. It wont be long till the Supreme Court cockslaps you in the gob and makes that illegal

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 10:46pm
  33. u libs r soooo amusing!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 10:52pm
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    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 4:55am
  35. Fuck you NC!

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:51am
  36. booooooooooo on banning same sex….

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 10:29am