Around the South for June 12: NC, OK & GA

North Carolina: Anti-gay marriage bill becomes law. The state House of Representatives, following in the footsteps of the state Senate, overrode Gov. Patrick McCrory’s (R) veto of a bill that allows county officials to stop performing all marriages if they have a religious objection to same-sex matrimony, reports the Hickory Daily Record. Utah is the only other state with a similar law ……. Oklahoma: Coburn sees no future for Bush candidacy. Former US Sen. Tom Coburn (R), a staunch conservative, told the Washington Examiner, “I don’t think another Bush can get elected.” He added, “I like Jeb Bush… [but] the fact is his last name will kill 47% of the votes for him.” Coburn also called George W. Bush a “great president,” but said that he is still polarizing ……. Georgia: Isakson has Parkinson’s. US Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) announced this week that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013, but that it “has not impacted my ability to represent the state of Georgia in the US Senate.” Isakson, 70, added, “I am busier and have more responsibility today than ever… I am eager to take my record of results to the voters of Georgia as I run for reelection in 2016,” reported The Hill …….