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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new poll says a Constitutional amendment blocking gay marriage in North Carolina could easily become law tomorrow. The amendment defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but some folks say there is more at stake than just who gets to wear a ring on their left hand.

Lawyers say everyone can expect legal changes if Amendment One passes Tuesday.

“There are certainly a number of unintended consequences,” attorney Bradley Coxe said.

The text of Senate Bill 514 is simple. It says, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.” But the simplicity of the text of the Constitutional amendment on Tuesday’s ballot may create some issues beyond marriage rights.

“The problem is we don’t know what ‘domestic legal relationships’ are, because it’s not defined anywhere,” Coxe said.

If the amendment passes, unions other than marriages would not be recognized, benefits may be taken away, and domestic violence orders may no longer be enforceable.

Coxe says legal experts from across the state have urged legislators to reconsider the amendment, because of the legal backlash that could come from the changes. He says he does not think the authors of the amendment thought of everything that would be effected.

“It’s not just me. I think every law professor, certainly every family law professor in the state of North Carolina, has raised their hand and said, ‘You didn’t think this through. This is a problem,'” he said.

For now, the decision is in the hands of the people who vote for or against the amendment Tuesday at the polls.

We tried to talk with Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District), who has supported the amendment from the beginning, but he did not call us back. According to an online video blog though, Goolsby says those who are against the amendment don’t know what they’re talking about.

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73 Comments on "Lawyer: Amendment One not written well, expect legal challenges"

2015 years 10 months ago

You can preach about god all you want…you can spew hatred and bigotry all you want, you can even try to make an argument based on your version of morality…what no one can do is prove that my partner and I have 5 years getting married to have the same LEGAL rights as as man & woman will hurt you or anyone else in any way. The sad thing is that this is nothing more than the majority enforcing their will on a minority. There is a reason that we have separation of church and state and a reason that the populace should never have the right to vote on the fate of a minority. Let’s not forget that if civil rights and slavery had been left to a vote, black people would likely still be in chains in the south.

Furthermore, I can say without a doubt that this amendment does nothing but breed hatred. Hatred in my heart for every single person who votes for it, and hatred for christianity and christians.

2015 years 10 months ago

I wish the news would just post the views of both sides. All I see is reasons for not voting. Sad that WWAY is so biased in liberal views. But also never knew it was so liberal in the area till voting. Oh well.

GuestCharles Lennon
2015 years 10 months ago

I cannot believe you reported the interview with Lawyer Coxe as news and not a paid advertisement. There are many qualified lawyers who have assured us that all the false doom and gloom that Coxe and his friends have been repeating is just political rhetoric designed to frighten voters. Your management knows this and you still reported the interview as if Coxe was stating established facts. You said you tried to contact Sen. Goolsby but he did not answer. There are many others you could have contacted who could give the other side of the story. You can express your opinions in your editorials but do not try to disguise your opinions as news. You waited until the eve of the election to do this so that the other side would not have a chance to reply. I will view all future stories from WWAY with suspicion now that you have shown how youy play the game. Shame on you.
Charles Lennon

2015 years 10 months ago

Just like the lie that same-sex marriage hurts anyone! It DOES NOT!

2015 years 10 months ago

You know, my partner and I honestly have no desire to enter into “holy matrimony.” We only want the legal rights that marriage provides…I don’t care what it is called quite frankly. Personally I think the government should only be in the business of domestic partnerships…leave marriage to churches


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