I should have done this during early voting. But if you haven’t voted yet, and you either don’t plan to vote today or don’t know why you should be voting AGAINST Amendment One, here’s why:
- The rights of ALL UNMARRIED COUPLES will be restricted
- Discrimination will be embedded in the state constitution, reminiscent of the 1875 amendment that passed to ban interracial marriage
- Health insurance access to unmarried couples and their children will be restricted
- Domestic violence protections for unmarried couples for will jeopardized
- No civil unions will not be a possibility; again, domestic partnerships other than heterosexual marriages will have zero recognition under state law
- The state’s economy will suffer; businesses that value diversity and equal rights for employees will not relocate to N.C.
I have friends who have been happily partnered for many years. They long to be parents. They are in the process of adopting. North Carolina will allow them to adopt, and they’ll be terrific parents. However, if the amendment passed, only one of them will have the right to legally be the child’s parent. This is ridiculous, it’s terrible for children, and it will be the law, unless a majority of voters vote against the amendment tomorrow.
I’ve said my peace. May my state do the right thing tomorrow.