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North Carolina: Amendment One Opposition is Bipartisan, Widespread
When the North Carolina General Assembly voted late last year - without much notice or any public testimony - to place on the May 8 ballot a constitutional amendment that would make marriage between a man and woman the only legally protected relationship in the state, the move was met with widespread outrage from civil rights groups. Organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality North Carolina condemned the proposed amendment as an assault on basic freedoms, and hundreds of North Carolinians rallied outside the State Capitol to protest the General Assembly's vote for what is now known as Amendment One.

As more people have learned about Amendment One's many unintended consequences and far-reaching harms, from jeopardizing the health insurance of children raised by unmarried couples to endangering domestic-violence protections for unmarried women, the number of voices speaking out in opposition has only grown. Bank of America executives have warned that Amendment One's ban on domestic-partner benefits would be bad for business and detrimental to North Carolina's competitiveness in an unstable economy.

Child-welfare advocates have voiced concerns that Amendment One would threaten existing health care and parental custody for thousands of children being raised by loving but unmarried couples, both gay and straight. Religious leaders from many different faiths have denounced Amendment One's divisiveness and the harm it would cause to countless families. And North Carolina NAACP President William Barber has condemned any attempt to write discrimination against a class of people into the state constitution, a document that is designed to defend people's rights, not diminish them.

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Published on:  April 6, 2012


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