Be Careful what you wish for…
I have never wanted this blog to be “political.” It’s only when laws are being proposed that I know will have some pretty drastic consequences, I feel I have a duty to at least inform folks.
Such is the case with Amendment One.
The new Amendment has just 55 words, but you really need to know about only three – “domestic legal union.”
“A marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid…”
The only problem is that no one knows what that legal term really means. It has never been used in a statute, or an opinion of the North Carolina Supreme Court, or by any panel of The Court of Appeals.
It will likely take years of litigation to sort out all sorts of new legal issues. Will women in unmarried domestic relationships still will get domestic violence protection? Whether child custody arrangements between unmarried parents (straight or gay) will still be honored? Whether a lifetime companion will still be able to make health care decisions under a power of attorney for an ill partner.
Some folks argue that YES vs. NO on this Amendment is a clear between pro-marriage versus anti-marriage. I’m not so sure about that, but I am sure of this: It’s a vote between legal chaos and legal predictability.