Why Amendment One is Wrong for North Carolina

Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.

Please Vote Against Amendment One today. It’s wrong for the citizens of North Carolina, will have no effect on gay marriage in NC, and will cost the state money it needs for things like attracting new business and educating our children.

What Amendment One Won’t Do

Ban gay marriage. It’s already illegal under state law. The amendment will have no impact on gay marriage one way or the other.

What Amendment One Will Do

1. Undermine the sanctity of marriage

Straight couples who don’t believe in marriage will be forced to marry if they want to keep their domestic partnership benefits.

2. Take away the rights of domestic partners, both gay and straight

Unmarried couples and their children will be denied the rights afforded married couples, such as health insurance, inheritance, and hospital visitation.

3. Cost the state money to defend

If passed, this Amendment will be challenged in court immediately, costing the state taxpayer money to defend it. Also, because the language of this amendment is untested, judges may interpret it in many ways. That means challenge after challenge while the courts work out whether issues like domestic violence and child custody are covered.

4. Make government bigger

This amendment takes away existing rights and meddles in the personal affairs of citizens.

5. Violate the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say that gay couples can’t marry, and that they can’t engage in civil unions, without violating the right of equal protection as guaranteed under the 14th Amendment.

This amendment won’t do what its framers intended. It will have far-reaching and unintended consequences, many of which we may not have imagined. As Governor Perdue said, the Constitution should give rights, not take them away. Please Vote Against today.

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