Next Tuesday, North Carolina voters will decide for or against the following language:
Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
If the voters who choose to protect marriage outnumber those who don’t, the following will appear in the state constitution:
Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”
At least 41 states have laws banning homosexual “marriage” by amendment or statute, including North Carolina. In 1996, the state legislature passed a law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. But the political landscape has changed in 16 years. Homosexual activists have become much more determined to redefine marriage and render it meaningless. North Carolina lawmakers decided to let the people vote directly and make the ban part of the state constitution, so only the voters—not courts or lawmakers—can change it, according to state law.
Judges in other states can and do strike down voter-approved laws. In February, a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed a lower court’s ruling that California’s Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, was unconstitutional. But there is a stay on such “marriages” pending appeals.