With North Carolina going to the ballot on Tuesday to decide on Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment that would codify the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and also eliminate all domestic partnerships, a video has been released to show the broad coalition of voices that have spoken out against this amendment and the agenda behind it.
Watch the video, Rise Up Against Amendment 1, below:
The amendment language being voted on states “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”
This would serve to eliminate civil unions for same-sex couples and, legal voices have warned, will render domestic partnerships for gay and straight couples worthless.
Going in to voting day, polls suggest that Amendment 1 is likely to pass though (a figure between 14-16% in favor has been floated). However even conservative polls she there remains a significant group of people that say they are still undecided.
Also, when Public Poling Policy read the text of the language back to likely voters and they were made aware that the amendment could impact health insurance for children and would likely undo much of the good work done in advancing domestic violence legislation, as well as banning same-sex couples from ever accessing civil unions, a majority were found to oppose the amendment.
As we wait for the voting results, one prediction over Amendment 1 has already come true: in a time of economic uncertainty and joblessness, the GOP-backed Amendment 1 (that several Democratic legislators voted for) has served to divide the state’s citizenship and has led to million dollar campaigns on both sides.
All supposedly to ban gay marriage–something that North Carolina has already done through its statutory ban.
Image taken from YouTube video under Fair Use terms.