2. The language of Amendment 1 would restrict protections for all unmarried couples – whether they are straight or gay.
3. If Amendment 1 passes, the courts could interpret the Amendment to bar the state from giving any protections to unmarried couples – straight or gay. This could:
4. Prevent the state from giving committed couples protections that help them order their relationships, including the right to:
6. visit their partner in the hospital in the event of a medical emergency,
7. make emergency medical decisions for their partner if their partner is incapacitated,
8. and make financial decisions for their partner if their partner is incapacitated.
9. North Carolina’s attorney general said Amendment 1’s lack of clarity will result in a significant amount of litigation on many issues which will be decided by courts for years to come.
10. North Carolina domestic violence laws could be called into question, threatening North Carolina victims of domestic violence.
“If Amendment One passes it could take away those protections and leave victims and their children even more vulnerable than they already are,” said Amily McCool, Wake County Assistant District Attorney.