You may have noticed a lot of Facebook statuses about North Carolina. Why? The state recently passed a constitutional amendment that recognizes North Carolina marriage as being between a man and woman.
We’ve created a cheat sheet with the deets on this controversial law.
What it is:
Amendment 1 (aka Senate Bill 514) says marriage between a man and a woman is the only valid domestic legal union.
Of the voters that turned out, 61% voted in favor of Amendment 1, while about 39% voted against it.
What this means:
Civil unions and other types of domestic partnerships will no longer be legally recognized.
Same-sex marriage is already illegal in the state. But with the bill’s passing, any type of legal union between non-married couples (gay or straight) will no longer be valid.
What’s being said:
Tami Fitzgerald, head of the coalition Vote for Marriage NC, says it’s not about being anti-gay but pro-marriage. "And the point -- the whole point -- is simply that you don't rewrite the nature of God's design for marriage based on the demands of a group of adults.”
However, the North Carolina Democratic Party believes the results are a setback. It’s “an unfortunate reminder that the fight for Civil Rights in our state is not yet over. Writing discrimination into our Constitution is wrong.”
What can you do?
11 facts about gay marriage.
Send a petition to N.C. state representatives about this.