They warned us when a particularly lax babysitter let our toddler get too close to the road.
They were neighbors and friends in the truest sense.
They have a wonderful, loving relationship and have been together for years. I’ve never asked them if they’d like to get married. But like every other couple who love each other, I believe they should have that option.
As a Christian, I'm encouraged that faith leaders across the state have banded together to oppose this movement, which could harm so many.1) A child of an unmarried parent could lose their health care and prescription drug coverage, putting the child’s health at risk.2) A child could be taken away from a committed parent who has loved them their entire life if something happens to the other parent.3) It could threaten existing child custody and visitation rights that are designed to protect the best interests of a child.4) It would prohibit North Carolina from ever recognizing civil unions and domestic partnerships-- legal protections that thousands of North Carolinians rely on.5) It would interfere with protections for unmarried couples to visit one another in the hospital and to make emergency medical and financial decisions if one partner is incapacitated.6) Amendment One could take away domestic violence protections for all unmarried women.7) A single or widowed senior couple could be forced to marry to keep their legal protections, which would cause them to lose benefits such as pensions, health care, and social security.
Welcome Home, a support and discussion group on LGBT issues sponsored in part by Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church is holding an informational session on Amendment One at First Presbyterian Church (Asheville) Monday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
Donna and Julia don't live in North Carolina, but a lot of other wonderful people who would be adversely impacted by Amendment One call North Carolina home. On May 8th I will have the opportunity to be a good neighbor to all North Carolinians by voting against Amendment One. I hope you will join me.