Letter to the Playground Bully | Andrea Gibson (queer poet/goddess)
BREAKING: Obama Embraces Marriage Equality
OBAMA: I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.
There’s already a Change.org petition against the passing of Amendment One, which banned same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships in North Carolina. These things actually tend to be pretty damn effective.
Let’s see what the power of Tumblr can do! I know there’s at least a million Tumblr users who are against this sort of harmful discrimination and bigotry.
Sign the petition and reblog to spread the word, please!
To All Voting-Eligible North Carolinians, Please Vote Against Amendment 1 on May 8, 2012
The amendment is often called the “Defense of Marriage Amendment” in that should it pass on May 8, it will ban gay marriage in North Carolina, “protecting” the sanctity of marriage.
So what will Amendment 1 accomplish?
Should Amendment 1 pass, all that would be accomplished is that we open up the possibility that any unmarried unions will lose validity and the rights of the people in such unions will be void.The wording of Amendment 1 is written out below:
“Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”
The broad language of the amendment would allow one to argue measures that protect domestic violence victims. This is similar to a situation Ohio faced back in 2004 when it passed Issue 1, an amendment that was drawn much stricter than North Carolina’s Amendment 1. While most of the cases were dismissed, “Domestic violence protections in that state were thrown into chaos for almost three years.”
Those in domestic partnership (recognized in Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Mecklenburg County, Carrboro, Durham, Asheville, and Orange County) could also be affected. Their employer benefits such as health insurance could be revoked. Children that have been adopted by two unmarried adults in another state and now reside in North Carolina are also at jeopardy.
Taken into account that the language of Amendment 1 is much broader than Issue 1, the legal status of unmarried unions is up in the air, relying on each court’s interpretation of the amendment.
If the amendment was struck down, nothing will change. Marriage between individuals of the same gender will still be banned and life goes on. However, should Amendment 1 pass, the possibility that the lives of many North Carolinians will be upturned is a reality. So, please vote against Amendment 1 on May 8, 2012.
If you have any questions, please check out the North Carolina State Board of Elections website first. If that did not help, please refer to our contact page. We will try to answer your questions to the best of our abilities.
for those of you who aren’t aware, this is actually happening in north carolina tomorrow. this is actually on the ballot.