Today North Carolina citizens are voting for the candidates we want on the ballot for the 2012 elections, as well as voting against or for Amendment One. Amendment One is an amendment that, if passed, would allow the state to add an amendment to its constitution that specifies that legal marriage is a marriage between a man and a woman.
However, Amendment One means more than the definition of marriage. Amendment One stands the chance of changing the lives of everyone, gay and straight.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, if Amendment One passes, domestic violence laws can be affected - domestic violence protections can be limited or non-existent for committed, unmarried couples.
Amendment One will ban all domestic partnerships and civil unions, as well as bar North Carolina from passing civil unions and instituting domestic partnership rights.
Child custody and visitation rights will be affected under this amendment, in addition to:
Visitation rights for children
Rights of committed, unmarried couples
End of Life Directives
Adoptions (committed, unmarried couples)
Everyone in the state loses if Amendment One passes, especially our children. This proposal is a dangerous, exclusive, reckless, and heartless proposal with the possibility to wreck thousands of families in North Carolina. Today vote against Amendment One, and stop hate, and the obvious lack of compassion, in its tracks.
Facts courtesy of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina