Raleigh, N.C. — After waiting more than a week to take action, the House on Thursday quickly dispatched with Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that gives government employees opposed to gay marriage a way to avoid dealing with same-sex weddings.
After House leadership cut off debate, the House voted 69-41 in favor of the override. Because the Senate voted last week for the override, the legislation is now law in North Carolina. How long it will remain law is unclear, as groups opposed to the measure immediately vowed to challenge it in court.
McCrory signed 12 other bills into law Thursday, including measures making repeated graffiti a felony, exempting possums from wildlife regulations for a few days around New Year's Day every year – thus allowing the annual Possum Drop in Clay County – and implementing retention elections for sitting Supreme Court justices.
Meanwhile, the Senate sent the "biscuit bill," which allows small convenience stores that sell food to install seating, to McCrory but held off final approval of a bill dealing with various local regulations because of concerns over a provision exempting some properties along the Neuse and Tar rivers from riparian buffer requirements.