North Carolina Marriage Amendment Might "Invalidate Domestic Violence Protections"
The amendment will be debated tomorrow in NC's senate. A law professor warns its language is so vague that it could "invalidate domestic violence protections for members of unmarried couples, as an Ohio court did with even narrower language in its state’s marriage amendment." We never needed those anyway.
And look at how Republicans got it to the floor. They allegedly laundered it:
Senate leaders will start their debate on the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex unions Monday afternoon. But they didn’t want anyone to know about it.
According to the public notices released today, the Senate Judiciary 1 committee will be meeting Monday on H61, “Speaker/Pro Tem Term Limits” - a proposal to limit the numbers of years House and Senate members can serve as leaders of their chambers.
But a new version of the bill leaked to WRAL Friday night shows the bill the committee will take up Monday has absolutely nothing to do with term limits. The new H61 is an amended version of the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
You can try to look it up at the legislature’s website, but you won’t find it there.
If it passes the senate, it goes to a referendum in 2012. At that point, it could bring droves of Republicans to the polls to vote against Obama, too. That's incidental, I'm sure.