May 8 is right around the corner, and everyone (regardless of party affiliation) will have the right to vote on Amendment One. Amendment One states: "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state."
Sounds simple enough- disagree with gay marriage, vote for it; support gay marriage, vote against it.
But this amendment is about more than gay marriage. It's about all unmarried couples. According to the 2010 census, 88% of unmarried couples in NC aren't gay- they're straight.
Because the amendment will only recognize married couples, unmarried women would lose protections from domestic violence laws.
Elderly couples would need to choose between the legal protection of marriage and losing individual social security, pensions, and health insurance.
Last month, vacationers cancelled reservations in Brunswick County because the commissioners voted to support the amendment. Is sending out a message of discrimination good for our state's economy?
If this amendment is passed, domestic-partner insurance benefits currently offered to employees by a number of local governments will cease to exist. That means more people, including children, will be without health insurance.
If you don't support same sex marriage, I respect that. But this amendment will still likely have a direct impact in your life. That's my turn, and now it's your turn to learn more about this amendment. Visit ProtectNCFamilies.org for more information.