When the Legislature returns to Raleigh, we should act on job-creation policy, not take up referendums amending the state Constitution. This unprecedented wastefully expensive boondoggle is Republican partisan game playing for ultra-conservative votes and neither a necessary nor wise use of public money.
The cost to bring legislators back to Raleigh is approximately $50,000 a day, too expensive for discussion of constitutional amendments. The primary referendum is a ban on same-sex marriage when we already have a long-standing, unchallenged law that bans it. A four-day session at a cost of about $200,000 is simply wasteful when public money should be spent on other priorities.
The Legislature convenes for its Short Session the second week in May 2012. Amendments can be taken up then at no additional cost, allowing time for the November ballot.
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