Three activists were arrested Thursday afternoon after entering the North Carolina House floor and chanting “Liberty and Justice for All in North Carolina” while the chamber was in session.
The incident was part of a GetEQUAL campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment to the North Carolina Constitution that would define marriage as solely between one woman and one man.
GetEQUAL activists Jim Neal, Angel Chandler, and Mary Counce were taken into custody by the police and charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.
“As North Carolina gears up to host the Democratic National Convention next year, we hope that the state will be moving toward fully recognizing the dignity and equality of LGBT North Carolinians, rather than trying to further enshrine discrimination in the state constitution,” GetEQUAL’s Executive Director, Robin McGehee, said in a statement.
The North Carolina Constitution requires that a proposed amendment be approved by a three-fifths vote in both chambers of the state’s legislature and then ratified by a majority of voters in a general election.
Same sex marriages are already prohibited under current state law, but a constitutional amendment would prevent the law from being overturned in court.
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