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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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Guest 1964
2016 years 2 months ago

You may be right and you may be wrong…only time will tell. Who knows who is lying and who is telling the truth? Just like when you go to vote any politician in. Majority of them mislead you in their campaigns…we know this is a true fact. The evidence speaks for itself. But like I said…time will tell. Hope you’re right on this one though, because I would hate to see this blow up in everyone’s face. Who knows? Have a blessed day! :)

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Guest 1964
2016 years 2 months ago

I just want everyone to note that before you vote you need to make sure you know what you are voting for or against. In my opionon, and mine opinion only, I believe this ammendment should been broken down into several ammendments and voted on that way, if there is more to it than the ‘One Man, One Woman’. Because if that indeed is a fact that others such as kids will be affected, there will be a lot of people that will ‘shoot themselves in their own foot’ today when they go to vote…because they were possibly miss… Read more »

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Christian
2016 years 2 months ago

Sounds like you have more problems going on than just the claim your rights are being violated. Hating, name calling and anger will not get you anywhere. Take a deep breath and thank God for it.

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Das Weibstück
2016 years 2 months ago

Can you go the legal route for any of these things? Power of Attorneys, trusts, wills etc? Not sure how these things can be accomplished or if they can through this method.

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get over it
2016 years 2 months ago

yes vote how you want since when did a book of lies like the bible become law to follow 99% percent of you who are against this and say the book of a fake god states a marriage is between one male one female are nothing but hypocrites i can bet you all have skeletons in the closet and only follow the good book on Sundays and the rest of the week are sinners. but then again i am preaching to southern united states who continue to fly the flag of a enemy of the united states of america yes… Read more »

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