Rather than allow such an obvious solution to suffice, Republicans are rushing to turn the issue into a social conservative rallying point in the run-up to the 2016 elections in North Carolina (a state where voters’ opinions are evenly divided, with 44% approving of same sex marriage and 47% disapproving, with a 3% margin of error).

Phil Berger (R), president pro tem of the state senate and SB2’s primary sponsor, casts his argument for the bill in First Amendment terms:

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