CHARLOTTE — Following the passage of Amendment One last month, adding language to the North Carolina Constitution banning any official recognition of same-sex couples, the state GOP platform is clarifying precisely where it stands with the state’s LGBT community.
“Government should treat all citizens impartially, without regard to wealth, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, sex, political affiliation or national origin,” the document begins, according to ThinkProgress. “We oppose all forms of invidious discrimination. Sexual orientation is not an appropriate category.”
The plank, found in the newly approved platform’s “Article III: Individual Liberty,” adds insult to injury for many in the state’s LGBT community, which campaigned aggressively against the ballot measure that passed by a wide margin.
The Republican Party took control of the North Carolina Legislature in 2010 for the first time since 1870, allowing for the marriage bill — long blocked by the Democrats in the legislature — to finally pass and go to the ballot.