On May 8th, 2012, North Carolina is opening a ballot to propose banning domestic partnerships between same-sex couples. The ballot will read, "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.". It will change the state's Constitution with the addition of this: Sec. 6. Marriage. [Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.]
Not only that,
it will prohibit same-sex marriage, but it will also: ◆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.
In addition, courts could interpret the language of the Amendment to ban any rights to state's hundreds of thousands of unmarried couplesboth same and opposite-gender. This would: ◆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; to make medical decisions if their partner is incapacitated; and to 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; ~acluofnc.org
◆Supporters argue that the issue should be settled by voters and that polls indicate that there is support for such an amendment. "It is too serious a topic for a handful of people (legislators) to make a decision like that," said Rep. Larry Brown; ◆When asked why elected officials are focusing on social issues during hard economic times, Union County Commissioner Todd Johnson responded by saying, "One thing comes to mind. If the moral and social issues of our country are not addressed, we don't have to worry about the economic issues. They will not matter at that point in time."; ◆ "rights of a minority" - should not be up for a vote; ◆ May lead to bullying of gay youth; ◆ Sen. Kay Hagan said, "North Carolina is one of the most business-friendly states in the nation, and this amendment would harm our state's ability to recruit the innovators and businesses that are driving our economic recovery."; Read more - ballotpedia.org
What can I do?
❥ If you are of age in NC, vote AGAINST Amendment One ❥ this journal, post a link in YOUR journal - spread the word on dA! ❥ Sign online petitions against Amendment One ⇨Facebook ⇨protectncfamilies.org (These are a few, you can google more or link me in the comments and I'll add them) ❥ Educate Yourself. I believe I got the major points, but there are more things, good and bad, that you can learn about. ⇨ ballotpedia.org ⇨ acluofnc.org ⇨ Use the power of the Internet!
Sadly, I am no longer registered to vote in North Carolina or else I'd definitely have a say in this. I'm urging everyone I know to vote against it. Unfortunately, I fear that it will pass. Why? Because the younger generation is the one that is the most opposed to this amendment. The younger generation also has the worst voter turn-out record of any demographic. This needs to be turned around. We need the voices of the younger people to be heard if we want change from the previous generation's traditional taboos. And no, we can't just wait for the courts to overturn it. Probably, within twenty years or so it will be changed, but that could be a long time that people like me and you are being denied our rights. I really hope people stand up for what's right at the voting booths on Monday.
Oh sure, let's label and separate people. It's not like this sort of prejudice has happened before. I don't understand what's with the government. I personally don't like homosexuality, but that doesn't mean I would want homo- and bisexuals to have less rights than I do just because I'm heterosexual.
It's like (excuse me for using the overused comparison) the whole equality and rights thing for people of other races. People say it's not the same thing, but it kind of is. And not only will this "amendment" bar the LGBT community from rights heterosexuals have, but there's so many other horrible things in there. So as long as you're not married, your partner can beat the shit out of you and get away with it? What? That doesn't even make any sense! Why would someone think that's a good idea?
Thank you for that - I wish there were more people who didn't hate homosexuals and want them out of their lives as much as possible just because they aren't one themselves or they don't like them.
I agree with you on that, too. They're so scared of homosexuality and they want to bar their rights even more (since it's already illegal in NC, I believe), that they just create more problems for everyone.