South Carolina GOP state Rep. Bill Chumley has pre-filed a 2016 bill that aims to “nullify” the US Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. From the right-wing New American site:
In an effort to protect the traditional definition of marriage within South Carolina, the bill states that “It is the policy of the State of South Carolina to defend natural marriage as recognized by the people of this State in the Constitution and laws of the State of South Carolina.”
Additionally, the proposal explicitly nullifies the recent ruling by the Supreme Court wherein marriage between two people of the same gender was declared a constitutionally protected right.
“Natural marriage between one man and one woman as recognized by the people of this State remains the law in South Carolina, regardless of any court decision to the contrary. A court decision purporting to strike down natural marriage, including Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S.Ct. 2584 (2015), is unauthoritative, void, and of no effect,” the legislation reads.
And, in an apparent reaction to the case of the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who was arrested for refusing to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, the proposed South Carolina statute would protect the person and property of “any government official or individual who does not comply with any unlawful court order regarding natural marriage within South Carolina.”
Similar “nullification” attempts are underway or planned in other states. Read the South Carolina bill. (Tipped by JMG reader Blair)
RELATED: Chumley tried the same stunt with Obamacare in 2013 when he was accused of ethics violations for using a state plane to fly in a witness in support of his bill.