Voting YES on Amendment One?

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.


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About Mike Daisley - Daisley Law Offices, PC

Civil Litigation Attorney and Certified Mediator in North Carolina Superior Courts; President of Daisley Law Offices, PC, a law firm devoted to helping Veterans, the Disabled and severely injured victims of corporate or individual negligence. Experienced in Civil Trial Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mike is also a political analyst for WCNC-TV and WBT Radio,a writer and blogger on law, political discourse and theology, and a lifelong Episcopalian (which, as he explains, means "I'm a raging agnostic at least three days a week.") Office email : (704) 331-8014 Charlotte, North Carolina
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