Yesterday, North Carolina’s House of Representatives voted overwhelming (75-42) for a bill that would make the State’s existing ban on same-sex marriage part of the constitution. North Carolina is the only remaining southeastern state without a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. If the bill passes the state Senate, as it is expected to early next week, the proposed constitutional amendment will be put on North Carolina’s primary election ballots in May and voters will decide whether to adopt the amendment.
The wording of the proposed amendment is such that, if adopted, could ban not only same-sex marriage but civil unions and domestic partnerships as well. Needless to say, this action would make LGBT-headed families more vulnerable. More specifically, this kind of broad legislation would likely affect families’ access to healthcare, ability to take family leave, and ability to make health care decisions as well as many other aspects of families’ lives.
Should the Senate approve this legislation next week, North Carolina PFLAG chapters will work hard with their communities to fight this threat to our families by encouraging people to get out and vote in May, 2012.
Take Action - If you live in North Carolina and are not registered to vote, please take a few moments and register to vote before April 1, 2012. Encourage others in your communities to register and vote as well!