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Amendment One

I voted today.  I voted solely on Amendment One. The amendment states:

Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized.

Valid or recognized. Not just by you or me or the neighbors, but by the state. This doesn’t just mean you can’t have a big gay wedding or a small civil union at City Hall. It means that domestic partners aren’t recognized either. By the state. This, most disturbingly to me, means that children belonging to domestic partners who have health care coverage under a ‘domestic partner’ clause can actually lose that coverage. Why? Because that partnership isn’t recognized by the state.

The stupidity of this amendment isn’t even worth discussing, is it?

Is it?

It is. And the amendment could pass, just like it did in a crap load of other very disappointing states. I was hopeful at first…I saw the Against tab at 57%. And then I realized I was watching my county and not my state. Boo. It’s looking bad. Really, really bad for same sex partners. And I’m really really sad.

Shame on you, North Carolina.

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Reader Comments (4)

Sigh. I agree.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterindependent clause

You know...I live in Alabama and I'm surprised that this hasn't happened here yet, as backwards as we are. I used to work for a LARGE INSURANCE COMPANY here that had contracts with national accounts. Some of those accounts were retail locations that allowed coverage under "domestic partnerships", which I always thought was very forward-thinking and awesome of them. Unfortunately, I don't know how you remove a same-sex partner from an account (I never had to deal with it while I was there) since to remove a spouse or domestic partner of the opposite sex, you have to produce legal documentation, i.e. a divorce decree. If the state doesn't recognize those unions, the "legal documentation" would be null...so, I guess you'd end up with that person on there permanently? I'd say that anyone with current coverage under that arrangement would have a tidy lawsuit on their hands, since by the state's own lawmaking, they have made it impossible to legally remove a person from the contract. (These were companies like Lowe's and Books-a-Million)

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

I was disheartened to see on the news that the amendment passed. At least you voted, and voted your heart.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMom

The results yesterday were so sad to see. I cannot believe our country continues to let states determine issues of civil rights. I'm sick of waiting — the United States needs to legally recognize same-sex partnerships at a national level and declare the individual state constitutional amendments unconstitutional.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjacqueline

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