Three Reasons Why Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage Should Vote Against Amendment One
1. Amendment One constitutionalizes a ban on same-sex marriage as well as a ban on giving ANY rights and recognition to unmarried couples:
- Renee Elmer, republican in the NC house, will “vote against a piece of legislation that would add a ban on civil unions to the protection of marriage, since they are two different issues and should be dealt with separately” (source).
- Though national leaders in defending one-man, one-woman marriage, David Blankenhorn and Elizabeth Marquadt of the Institute for American Values say that precluding any rights and recognition for same-sex couples is “mighty cold. If you disdain gay and lesbian persons, and don’t care whether they and their families remain permanently outside of the protection of our laws, such a policy might be your cup of tea. But it’s not our view, and we doubt that it’s the view of most North Carolinians” (source).
2. The link this amendment makes between maintaining marriage as between one man and one woman and harming gay couples and their children will HURT the cause of protecting marriage in the long run.
- Blankenhorn and Marquadt: “If you want to create a backlash against mother-father marriage – if you want to convince people that the real agenda of marriage advocates is not protecting marriage, but ignoring and ostracizing gay people – then this amendment might be to your liking. But we believe that the cause of marriage is hurt, not helped, by gratuitously linking it to the cause of never under any circumstances helping gay and lesbian couples” (source).
3. This amendment hurts real families with real children
- Watch this video about Melissa, a mother who’s daughter will lose her health insurance if this amendment passes. Melissa’s domestic partner works for the City of Durham, which is why her daughter has health insurance. Durham could no longer offer health insurance to domestic partners and their children, like Melissa’s daughter, if the amendment passes.
If the amendment fails, same-sex marriage will still be illegal. Whatever your thoughts are on same-sex marriage, consider the facts and vote against Amendment One.
But as [one man, one woman] marriage advocates, we oppose the state marriage amendment now being debated in North Carolina. We hope that when North Carolinians go to the polls on May 8 they will defeat this measure.
David Blankenhorn and Elizabeth Marquardt, Amendment goes too far, News & Observer.
The two leading activists go on to explain that while they believe gay and lesbian couples should not get married, denying them any legal rights and recognition, which this amendment would assure, is just “cold.”
North Carolina Piedmont musicians and leaders raise their voices against Amendment One.
Durham City Council Member Mike Woodard speaks out against Amendment One