Recently, an amendment was added to the North Carolina Constitution, stating, "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State." Basically, it bans gay marriage from ever being valid. While gay marriage was already illegal in North Carolina, this law hurts already-married gay couples who move to North Carolina- essentially, it strips them of all of their nuptial rights. While gay marriage was originally established as illegal in every US state, the rights of the gay group had never really been up for debate until this law was disputed. Before, legislation would be submitted in hopes of improving gay rights, and it would either be accepted or denied. In this particular instance, though, the gay community wouldn't get rights either way- they would only be taken or remain how they were.
This isn't just about gays, either. Common law marriages, along with their benefits, are now void.
This amendment is also explicitly unconstitutional. No state can amend its Constitution with information that infringes upon the FEDERAL Constitution.
United States Constitution, First Amendment:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
While the law itself doesn't address religion, there was literally NO non-religious argument against the gays and for the amendment in this dispute. In fact, factually, not passing the law helps the economy. A lot of people from New York (where gay marriage is legal) move to North Carolina for lower tax rates. Now, married gay people, and probably most gay people in general, won't think to live in North Carolina.
United States Constitution, Fourteenth Amendment:
"No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
When married homosexuals move to North Carolina, all of their pre-existing rights are taken from them. How is that Constitutional?
With this petition I am asking our governor to take another look at this amendment, and with the proper knowledge of it, take steps to have it repealed.
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