Weekly Wrap: Gay marriage, state incentives

Posted October 16, 2014

— Republican legislative leaders are still weighing whether to pursue an appeal of the decisions of two federal judges striking down North Carolina's 2-year-old constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

The rulings, which cited a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision overturning a similar ban in Virginia and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to review that case, sparked a wave of same-sex couples obtaining marriage licenses and exchanging vows across the state in recent days.

Outside of gay marriage and the continuing political campaigns, WRAL News wrapped up a three-day series this week looking at the incentives North Carolina pays out to attract companies to the state or get them to expand here. The series showed that few of the promised jobs ever materialize, much of the money promised to the companies is never paid out and little of the job growth occurs in rural areas.


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  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 17, 2014

    This country was built on our belief in God. Our bible tells us that God strictly opposes the gay lifestyle. It is not surprising that with the way this country has been going, "God" being left out of the pledge of allegiance, along with being removed from our courtrooms, and even prayer being removed from our schools, that this country is going down the tubes, quickly. Now we have this Ebola virus plague causing people in this country to be afraid. Why not? God brought many plagues to befall upon nations which refused His name. Why should we be any different? Even Barry has no belief in God. Why should God even care about us? We have allowed every single commandment, to be scoffed at. We have a country where more people don't, than do attend Church. We have no problem allowing murderers and child rapists, to walk around in the free public. Why should God still like us? We have spit in His face more than once. I pity this country.

  • David McIntee Oct 17, 2014
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    Good discussion.

    As part of the incentives to create jobs, has there even been consideration to improving the surrounding infrastructure in the rural areas so the companies could be in a position to move there? For example, in many rural areas, there is no internet. The economic development could be a a multi pronged approach.