As Rob Schofield noted in the post below, you can learn more about Amendment 1 at the upcoming November 29th Crucial Conversation.
In advance of that event, it’s worth reading the speech Rep. Rick Glazier delivered this past weekend at the N.C. National Organization for Women’s state conference in Fayetteville.
It’s a rather lengthy piece, but here are a few key excerpts from Glazier’s remarks:
…let’s be clear what the proposed amendment the Legislature in North Carolina just passed and placed on the ballot does— it does not just define marriage as only between a man and a woman—it also bars all heterosexual as well as gay domestic partnerships and civil unions.
So what is the effect of this proposed amendment?
Well, it appears at a minimum:
• To change the rules of legal recognition of joint parenting rights; Legal recognition of a child’s relationship to her parents
• Eligibility for public housing and housing subsidies
• Potentially, access to employer based health and other benefits by partners as well as non-biological not jointly adopted children
• Access to Medicaid and Medicare benefits
• Ability to enroll non bioligical children in public schools or to authorize emergency medical care for them
• Ability to make health care decisions for incapacitated partners
• Ability to obtain life insurance
• Affect on many deeds, trusts and wills
• And, enormously affects the reach of domestic violence laws of this
state–precisely the reason the domestic violence coalition opposed this bill
Civil rights are not a reward given by society for conforming behavior. How many other people with whom we might disagree do we intend to constitutionally vote off our island?
The Constitution of North Carolina was not created to be a tool to divide our citizens one from another nor as a device to maintain the majority’s fiction about the minority. It has been used before to that end and we have always come to regret it.
As 9/11 established, there are threats enough to our common values as North Carolinians; we threaten our own good by making enemies of our neighbors and friends.
The Constitution holds out equality as an ideal; this amendment would say we are just kidding. The divisiveness, irrationality, intolerance and fear that are at the heart of this amendment can not be allowed to succeed…
The fight over this amendment allows us all the opportunity to educate each other and remind everyone that the people to be harmed by its passage are all of us—our children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, neighbors, friends and colleagues.
We truly are all God’s children and the main obstacle in North Carolina to understanding that is this amendment.
It should be defeated and, in the end, if we do, we will all be the better for it when our many miles of walking on this earth have ended.
Want to read the full speech? You’ll find it here.