North Carolina Marriage Protection Amendment misconceptions & facts

From Catholic Voice NC (Diocese of Charlotte):

Misconception: The amendment isn’t necessary.
Fact: Unless North Carolina passes the Marriage Protection Amendment, our present marriage laws are vulnerable to future legislative or judicial decisions overturning them and imposing same-sex marriage here. This is what occurred in several other states, including California, Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont and Connecticut.

Misconception: Marriage is simply about loving couples making a public commitment of their love.
Fact: Marriage provides an opportunity for a couple in love to declare their commitment to each other, but the government doesn’t regulate marriage to provide a forum for public commitment simply because two people love each other. Marriage is regulated by government because it is the unique social institution based in eternal natural law to channel the biological drive of men and women with its inherent capacity to produce children into family units with the best opportunity of ensuring that any children produced by that sexual union are known and cared for by their biological parents. It is in the interests of children that government regulates and licenses marriage.

Misconception: The measure prohibits important public benefits for same-sex partners of city and county employees.
Fact: Nothing in the amendment prohibits same-sex couples from any rights or benefits. Local governments and the UNC System may offer (or continue to offer) benefits to same-sex partners of employees or students if they choose to do so by changing the basis upon which benefits are offered.

Misconception: The amendment could invalidate domestic violence programs for unmarried same-sex couples.
Fact: The amendment has nothing to do with domestic violence programs and does not change the law on domestic violence. We would not support it if we believed it did.

Misconception: The amendment could interfere with existing child custody and visitation rights that seek to protect the best interests of children.
Fact: The amendment has nothing to do with existing child custody laws or arrangements. We would not support it if we believed it did.

Misconception: The amendment could result in courts invalidating trusts, wills and end-of-life directives – which are not “private contracts” – in which an unmarried partner is a beneficiary and/or is entrusted with the care of a loved one.
Fact: The amendment has nothing to do with trusts, wills and end-of-life directives. The amendment simply puts our existing definition of marriage into the constitution where it will be protected from future legislative or judicial decisions. We would not support it if it invalidated such contracts.

Misconception: The amendment is bad for business.
Fact: We are concerned about any proposed legislation that would negatively impact employment opportunities in North Carolina, especially in light of our current economic situation. We would not support the proposed amendment if we believed it would imperil employment. According to the information we have received, research shows that states with a marriage protection amendment in their state constitution are the nation’s top performing economic states. This includes eight of the top ten “best states for business” (according to a survey of 556 CEOs) and eight of the top ten states for job growth (according to Moody’s Analytics).

Misconception: The amendment signals to homosexuals that they are second-class citizens.
Fact: Thousands of gays and lesbians have chosen to make North Carolina their home despite the fact that they are unable to marry here. All residents of our state – regardless of sexual orientation – are to be respected and welcomed. Our own teaching as a Church is clear on the inherent dignity of each and every person without exception. Because traditional marriage is so foundational to our identity which is based in eternal natural law, we simply do not believe that marriage can be redefined.

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