Amendment Won't Protect Families
For all those who can vote May 8, vote against Amendment One.
Supporters argue that this amendment will protect North Carolinian families. It will do the opposite if passed. The amendment will force single or widowed senior couples to marry to keep their legal protection, causing them to possibly lose important benefits. Seniors across the state could lose the benefits they rely on.
Amendment One will threaten unmarried couples’ visitation rights in hospitals and their ability to make emergency medical and financial decisions if their partner is incapacitated. Thousands of families across the state could be stripped of important rights.
The amendment could deny unmarried women domestic violence protections, as Amendment One will grant only married couples domestic violence protections. Thousands of women across the state could be left without domestic violence protections.
Children of unmarried parents could lose health care coverage; children could be separated from a loving parent if something happened to the other parent; and child custody and visitation rights which protect children’s best interests could be affected. Thousands of children across the state could suffer due to the poor decisions of adults.
Amendment One won’t protect North Carolinian families. Amendment One will only facilitate the disintegration of North Carolinian families. At its best, the amendment is a redundant measure which bans same-sex marriage, which is not recognized by the state anyway. At its worst, it’s a harmful piece of legislation whose only concrete effects would damage the rights and protections of both gay and straight families.
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