Amendment 1: Check Here for Live Results (North Carolina Primary)
Check Here for Results on Amendment 1: North Carolina Marriage Referendum
North Carolina votes in the Primaries on May 8, 2012. However, with Mitt Romney a virtual lock for the GOP nomination, the only aspect of the North Carolina Primary truly worthy of national attention is Amendment 1.
Live Results from North Carolina Primary: Amendment One:
Amendment One is also the subject of potential voter fraud in several NC districts.
What Does Amendment 1 Do?
Amendment One, erroneously described as a referendum on same-sex marriage, would change the North Carolina state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman, and also render civil unions and domestic partnerships ineligible for legal protection.
In other words, the state of North Carolina could interpret Amendment 1 to strip hetero or gay couples of their rights to manage their relationships. This would mean that, if you are in a relationship other than a heterosexual marriage, you could be banned from:
- Domestic partnership insurance could be eliminated
- Domestic violence protection would evaporate
- Unmarried partners could be barred from visiting loved ones in hospital
- You could be prevented from making medical decisions for your partner should the need arise
Amendment 1 is so fundamentally vague and broad as to place your relationship in the hands of whomever happens to be in office. Think for a moment of what this will do to the legal system as well: civil suits will stack up like firewood.
So far, though, North Carolina voters are in favor of Amendment One... even though they don't properly understand what Amendment 1 does. We won't tell you how to vote, but, if you think you're voting against same-sex marriage, be sure that you realize that you are also voting against your own rights.
UPDATE: It looks like Amendment 1 has been passed.