North Carolina’s proposed Amendment 1 isn’t just a gay marriage ban. It would take away vital domestic violence protections in the state.
Assistant District Attorney Amily McCool has recorded a video explaining her great concern that North Carolina’s GOP-backed Amendment 1, which would ban same-sex marriage and all marriage-like partnerships, could impact domestic violence protections in the state by leaving women cohabiting with their partner vulnerable.
Watch the video below:
And here is a video from a woman whose concern over this law stems from a personal tragedy:
The state’s religious conservatives have pushed for Amendment 1 to be on the May 8 ballot so that they can write the state’s existing ban on same-sex marriage into the constitution.
However, the language of the bill bans all marriage-like partnerships and prevents cohabitation from having legal weight. In so doing, Amendment 1 supporters have greatly endangered domestic violence protections in North Carolina by essentially making it so unmarried women would be vulnerable in cases of stalking and abuse because much of the state’s domestic abuse provisions require evidence of an established relationship.
A similar amendment that passed in Ohio, that was less broad than this, is said to have lead to cases where the courts had to invoke lesser provisions because the couple were not married and therefore the form of abuse did not fall within the domain of domestic violence law.
The North Carolina amendment would also, and in one broad stroke, undo years of work to strengthen domestic violence protections.
This was pointed out to Republican legislators and Democratic apologists who voted for the amendment, but when the ballot language was published the broad language was retained.
To find out more about how Amendment 1 could impact citizens beyond enshrining a gay marriage ban, please click here to go to the Protect All NC Families website.
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