Amendment One

On May 8, North Carolinians will be asked to vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would make marriage between a man and woman “the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized” in the state. Many organizations, including Equality NC and the ACLU of North Carolina, oppose Amendment One because of its potential to take away benefits and legal protections, such as health insurance, from countless North Carolina families headed by unmarried or same-sex couples.

Amendment One is also opposed by a wide array of groups and individuals, including President Barack Obama, Governor Bev Perdue (D), former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot (R), the North Carolina branch of the NAACP, the Libertarian Party of North Carolina, Bank of America executive Cathy Bessant, Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and many religious leaders throughout the state.

Read a one-page summary of Amendment One’s potential impact written by law professors from the University of North Carolina here (