About the Amendment
The family discrimination amendment is a proposal to amend the North Carolina Constitution and our job is to get our people to vote against it on the ballot on May 8, 2012.
Here's what it says:
"Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state."
Here's what it actually does:
In addition to prohibiting same-sex marriage, as state statute already does, the Amendment would:
In addition, courts could interpret the language of the Amendment to ban any rights to state's hundreds of thousands of unmarried couples, both same and opposite-gender.
- prohibit North Carolina from passing civil unions
- bar the state from instituting domestic partnership rights
- strip the domestic partner insurance benefits currently offered to employees by a number of local governments, including Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, and Mecklenburg and Orange Counties
- invalidate domestic violence protections for all unmarried partners
- undercut existing child custody and visitation rights that are designed to protect the best interests of children
- prevent the state from giving committed couples rights to allow them to order their relationships, including threatening their ability to determine the disposition of their deceased partner's remains, make medical decisions if their partner is incapacitated, and allow second-parent adoptions in order to ensure that both partners have a legal tie to, and financial responsibilities for, the children they are raising
- invalidate trusts, wills, and end-of-life directives by one partner in favor of the other
And most importantly, it's a brazen attack on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans families, families of color, poor families, and any other families who don't fit in the box or can't afford to get married, or don't choose to get married. We believe that if we stick up for each other every time the Right tries to deem anyone second-class persons, we'll build the foundation for a better world.