Michael Speciale

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Michael Speciale
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Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Norman W. Sanderson
Personal details
Born Michael David Speciale
(1955-12-09) December 9, 1955 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Hazel Bradley
Residence New Bern, North Carolina
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1973–1995

Michael David Speciale (born December 9, 1955) is an American Republican politician.[1] He is a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from the 3rd District, being first elected in 2012.[1] He was born in Chicago, Illinois, before moving to North Carolina as a Marine at the age of 18.[2]

He represents the counties of Beaufort, Craven and Pamlico.[1]

During a debate for an Anti-Puppy Mill Bill, which was a central focus for the First Lady of North Carolina, Ann McCrory's legislative interests, Speciale stated: "Exercise on a daily basis – if I kick him across the floor, is that daily exercise? 'Euthanasia performed humanely' – so I should choose the ax or the baseball bat?"[3]

In February 2017, Speciale joined with Representatives George Cleveland (R-Jacksonville), and Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus) in proposing a constitutional amendment that would allow North Carolina voters to repeal Article I, Section 4 of the North Carolina Constitution. This article declares " "This State shall ever remain a member of the American Union; the people thereof are part of the American nation," and prohibits the state from seceding from the United States of America, and its inclusion in North Carolina's 1868 constitution was a condition for being readmitted into the Union after the Civil War.[4]

In April 2017 Representative Speciale along with Representatives Larry Pittman and Carl Ford filed a bill in the N.C. General Assembly that says gay marriage is not valid in North Carolina. The bill, H.B. 780, claimed the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows gay marriage is not valid in North Carolina. The bill stated, "…the United States Supreme Court overstepped its constitutional bounds when it struck down Section 6 of Article XIV of the North Carolina Constitution in its Obergefell v. Hodges decision of 2015…" and also says that the Supreme Court ruling "…exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the decree of Almighty God that 'a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh' (Genesis 2:24, ESV) and abrogates the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history…" Had the bill passed, marriages of the same gender performed outside North Carolina would also not recognized. House Speaker Tim Moore released a statement Wednesday on the Uphold Historical Marriage Act that said, "There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U.S. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue, therefore House Bill 780 will be referred to the House Rules Committee and will not be heard."[5]

Speciale sponsored a bill in 2018 supporting arming teachers . [6]

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