If the marriage amendment passes it will eventually be repealed. Sounds like rhetoric from the opposition? Nope, it’s what state House Speaker Thom Tillis, Republican from Mecklenburg, told a small student audience at NCSU on Monday.
To be fair, Tillis wasn’t talking about the merits of the proposed amendment, which he supports. He predicted that if it passes it would be repealed within 20 years.
His point was that political sentiment changes over time. Point of fact: The General Assembly changed hands last year, giving conservatives the power to put the same-sex marriage ban before voters.
Some polling shows the amendment would pass with a slim margin. But in a generation, Tillis said, that could change.
The NCSU student newspaper The Technician first reported his remarks on Monday night. Today they hit the Twittersphere with lots of hyperventilating.
UPDATE: Jeremy Kennedy, campaign manager for the anti-amendment Protect All N.C. Families, issued this comment this afternoon:
"Thom Tillis' statement reveals not only the growing opposition to Amendment One, but also that even its primary proponent is now having second thoughts about the necessity and longevity of this constitutional rewrite. Our question is then, 'Why would you strip kids of their health care, threaten domestic violence protections, and muddy parental rights to their children -- all in a last ditch effort to codify a poorly written measure that future generations will be forced clean up?' "