In one of his last acts as a Congressman, Rep. Mike McIntyre is trying to strip my marriage and the marriages of couples just like us across North Carolina of federal recognition. He's going out swinging, trying to harm North Carolinians as he goes, even if it means standing alone with the Republicans as he does, giving them cover to call this bipartisan.
This is the kind of act that is helping drive youth into the growing ranks of the independents in this state rather than the shrinking ranks of the Democratic Party. His stance is firmly rooted in the past and on the wrong side of history, in opposition to Senator Hagan's and Attorney General Cooper's support of marriage equality.
Rep. Mike McIntrye (D-NC) announced his retirement this week so he figures he's got nothing to lose by joining 36 teabaggers in cosponsoring Rep. Randy Weber's laughably doomed bill that would limit the federal government to only recognizing same-sex marriages that are legally conducted in the state where the married couple resides.
It is comforting to know that this bill will never become law. It's questionable if it would pass the House, it would definitely not pass the Senate, and there's no way President Obama or any future Democratic President would ever sign it into law. The only purpose I can see is to go on record calling LGBT North Carolinians less than one more time before leaving office.