This morning, in a quick vote, the State House overrode Pat McCrory’s veto of S2, the bill allowing magistrates to recuse themselves from presiding over gay weddings if they have “sincerely held religious objections.” The vote was 69-41, meaning the GOP had three votes to spare.
Notably, ten members were absent. Democrats missing: Howard Hunter, Garland Pierce, Evelyn Terry, and Michael Wray. Republicans missing: Brian Brown, John Bradford, Jon Hardister, Julia Howard, Charles Jeter, Lee Zachary. Democrats voting for the override: William Brisson, Charles Graham, Ken Waddell. Republicans voting against: Rick Catlin, Leo Daughtry. Members suffering from a partisan identity crisis and voting against: Paul Tine.
The override is a blow for the governor. His veto of the ag-gag bill was also overriden, but some thought this one had a good chance of being sustained. Looks like they were wrong and the social conservatives carried the day.
Now, do moderates who don’t like social conservatism appreciate the governor’s veto and his position on the issue and ignore the fact that he failed to persuade legislators? Or, does it make him look weak and endanger his reelection bid? It’s too early to say, but one thing that’s clear is that Pat McCrory needs a few victories. This is yet another defeat.
John Wynne is the “conservative voice” at PoliticsNC, where he also provides polling analysis and commentary on legislative campaigns. When not writing about politics, he enjoys gardening and listening to opera. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.