an explanation of amendment one

Unfortunately, it seems that many people don’t understand the implications of the seemingly simple Amendment One, which is on the May 8 ballot in North Carolina.

It reads: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”

On the surface, it appears to be an amendment about gay marriage {which is already illegal in NC}, but there are many unspoken implications.

An editorial in the New York Times, aptly entitled “Bigotry on the Ballot,” explains it:

It would constitutionally prohibit recognition not just of same-sex marriages, but of other legal arrangements like civil unions and domestic partnerships. That could harm all unmarried couples, imperiling some children’s health insurance benefits, along with child custody arrangements and safeguards against domestic violence.

In more specific terms, it could {based on the interpretation of the courts}:

  • Invalidate domestic violence protections.
  • Weaken child custody and visitation rights.
  • Threaten the right of partners to decide major medical decisions for their partner.
  • Disallow second-parent adoptions undertaken to ensure unmarried parents have equal legal ties and financial responsibilities for any children they adopt together.
  • Invalidate certain trusts, wills and end-of-life directives.

My hope is that this blog post will reach individuals who don’t have a full understanding of the amendment. I urge you to do more research into the amendment and to remember: this is not just about gay marriage.

I voted AGAINST Amendment One and hope you will consider doing so too.


2 thoughts on “an explanation of amendment one

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