Singer Clay Aiken has spoken out against North Carolina’s Amendment 1 that aims to codify the state’s existing ban on same-sex marriage and write discrimination into the state’s Constitution.
In the video below Aiken, speaking as a resident of North Carolina for the group Protecting All North Carolina Families, says why he believes Amendment 1 will hurt all North Carolina families:
In recent weeks gubernatorial candidate Bob Etheridge has come out against Amendment 1, while Lt Gov. Walter Dalton has reiterated his stance against the amendment. A number of religious bodies have also said they oppose the amendment including the Episcopal Diocese of NC.
Amendment 1 has caused a great deal of concern for many law experts in the state as the language that will go before voters would not just ban gay marriage, it would ban all marriage-like institutions including domestic partnerships and non-marriage partner benefits for gay and straight couples alike, something that legal commentators have warned could have costly and damaging legal repercussions for many residents in North Carolina.
The North Carolina GOP has also been widely criticized for claims that gay marriage will damage so-called traditional marriage in the state, and that gay marriage will hurt children. Legislators have also claimed that gay marriage would be the same as legalizing bestiality and polygamy.
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