What does Amendment One leave out?
One very important omission is that tens othousands o amilies will be negatively impacted,and many could be ripped apart.Children will be harmed by this amendment.Depending upon how a judge interprets thisamendment it could easily undercut existing childcustody and visitation rights that are designed toprotect the best interests o children, as well as lawsthat allow second-parent adoptions in order to ensurethat both partners have a legal tie to, and fnancialresponsibilities or, the children they are raising.Imagine a child losing one parent to disease or anaccident, and then losing the only amily they haveever known because o an amendment that is entirelyabout a political agenda. We should not play politicswith the children and amiles o the state.At the core o our ounding documents and beliesas a country—and a state—is that we should protectthe right to pursue lie, liberty, and the pursuit ohappiness as we defne it. This amendment is anattempt by the government to defne amily or us.Fortunately, we still have an opportunity to deeatAmendment One, and this attempt to defne amilythrough discrimination at the polls.
On September 13th, the NorthCarolina Legislature proposed anamendment to the Constitutionthat would ban legal recognitionor
unmarried couples,strip protections and beneftsrom amilies across our state,hurt our business climate andeconomic development and putour children in danger.The amendment, as written,states simply that votersshould decide or or against aconstitutional amendment “toprovide that marriage betweenone man and one woman is theonly domestic legal union thatshall be valid or recognized inthis state.”