Last weekend when I was going to visit my friend at the park, I happened to see on one of those digital billboards, an advertisement saying “Stop Amendment 1″. Now in my mind, I’m thinking.. Wait, stop having freedom of speech? What? But I kept driving, thinking that it was ridiculous and forgot about. Now last night, my friend had posted something about it on Facebook and thought it was just craziness at how some people can be so ignorant to have this even in thought of voting for. I’m not one to follow politics and what have you, but this peeked my interest for me to look it up. So in North Carolina, this is what Amendment 1 will do if it is voted in:
Banning Same-Sex Marriage
This is what I’m assuming everyone is probably talking about because those believe that only a man and woman should be married, yada, yada, yada. Who cares? To me, if you find someone that you love that you want to spend your life with, I’m all for it to them getting married. That is just my opinion and really that is the couples business and no one else. To see more info on this, you can read it at North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage, Amendment 1.
But, I bet no one is actually looking closely at what else it would be taking away from people. I’m sure that most of the news is talking about not having the state condone same-sex marriage. However there are two more things that the Amendment 1 will not allow.
Stopping Domestic Violence Protection
The ban for same-sex marriage could also cause an effect to ban all marriage-like partnerships which could also prevent cohabitation from having legal weight. This means that unmarried women who are in a domestic violent relationship would be vulnerable to abuse and stalking because when domestic violence is reported, there needs to be evidence of an established relationship. Since the woman is unmarried to her partner, the abuse may would not fall into the domestic violence category. Read more at Amendment 1 Takes Away Domestic Violence Protections
Hurting Children of Unmarried Couples
If a couple is not married and have children together, the children will no longer have health insurance. If this amendment is voted in, the health insurance will be taken away immediately. If this amendment passes, there will no longer be spousal visitation rights. Amendment 1 will be hurting the family in whole. Read more at Amendment 1 Would Take Away My Daughter’s Health Insurance.
Amendment 1 will appear on the ballots of North Carolina on May 8, 2012.