Zach Wahls, who famously stood before the Iowa House and testified as the proud son of two women against a repeal of the state’s gay marriage rights, has spoken out against North Carolina’s Amendment 1.
The proposed constitutional amendment would codify North Carolina’s existing ban on gay marriage and would also ban all marriage-like partnerships, rendering domestic partnerships, straight or gay, unlawful.
Wahls, in a video for Protect All NC Families, says that the state’s lawmakers have to disenfranchise one particular group of families, adding:
“When we talk about the politics of fear and division, this is exactly what we’re talking about with the legislature saying there are some families that are better than other families. That some families deserve more protection than other families. That some families have more worth, more value than other families. That’s not the future. And that’s why this constitutional amendment cannot pass in May.”
Watch the video below:
Not only would Amendment 1 dissolve straight partnerships as well as ban all recognition for LGBT families, it would also impact things like child health insurance and would critically impact domestic violence protections, which hinge on partnership status, to invoke higher penalties and give women the protection they need.
Voters will decide whether to enshrine the ban at the May 8 ballot.
A Public Polling Policy survey of 982 likely North Carolina voters reveals that going into the last week of campaigning, 55 percent of respondents favor the amendment, while 41 remain opposed. However, when voters were actually made aware that the ban would block all partnership recognition for gay couples and would harm straight families too, a majority opposed the measure.
“Voters who understand what the amendment does are opposed to it,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling is quoted as saying. “But there’s a lot of education left to be done in this final week of the campaign.”
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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