The proposed North Carolina anti-gay marriage amendment has been fast-tracked in the state House. A committee has advanced the voter referendum and refused to allow any public comment, reports the AP.
The House Rules Committee approved Monday the question after about a half-hour of debate. The full House was expected to take up the matter later in the day. Three-fifths of the House members must vote yes twice on the measure before it can move on to the Senate.
The Republican chairman of the committee didn't allow any public comment from the audience about the bill. House Democratic leader Joe Hackney said the question was being rushed through and its contents could have long-term unintended consequences.
More on the Soviet-style approval process on display today in Raleigh. The measure "changed chambers, committees, bill numbers, content, and ballot date all in the period of about 75 minutes", report Think Progress and WRAL.
The voter referendum would be held on next May's primary date.