As many of you know, on the May 8th ballot is NC Amendment One. This amendments stated purpose is to place into our constitution language banning same-sex marraige like all of our southern neighbors. Whether or not you agree with this, there are some things that you need to know before voting for this amendment.
As of the 2010 census, there were aproximately 220,000 couple in NC who stated their relationship as a civil union or domestic partnership. Roughly 90% of those couples are heterosexual. Though I do not have the statistic, one can infer that a portion of them will have children.
The language of Amendment One has some areas that are troubling to anyone who reads them closely. While it does define marraige as between one man and one woman, it also goes further. One phrase in particular could very easily lead to unintended repercussions.
"Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State." This wording could easily void all civil unions, not only same-sex relationships. Were that to be the case, thousands of your neighbors, men, women and children could lose many benefits and protections. Insurance coverage and many others would certaianly be effected.
Even the Amendments author now admits that this will most certainly be repealed within 20 years. If that is the case, then what purpose does it really serve? It seems to me, that ay best, it makes life more difficult for a segment of our neighbors for a short period of time.
One other thing that troubles me is the timing of the vote on such an important issue. I have to ask why our representatives chose to place this in a Primary, rather than the upcoming general election? Could it be that they are counting on the lower voter turnout normal in primaries?
I ask that you do a little research for yourselves before voting on May 8th. Amendment One will take important benefits from many of your neighbors. This will effect, children, senior citizens and all others who, for one reason or another chose to live in a relationship other than Marraige.
Thank you for your time.