The Daily Tar Heel
Printing news. Raising hell. Since 1893.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024 Newsletters Latest print issue

We keep you informed.

Help us keep going. Donate Today.
The Daily Tar Heel

Thank you to Peter McClelland for his Carolina Review article “Conservatives, Vote Against the NC Marriage Amendment.” On May 8, North Carolinians will vote on an amendment to limit legal relationship recognition to marriages between one man and one woman.


But it isn’t just an LGBTQ issue. If passed, the amendment will deny relationship recognition to couples, both same- and opposite-sex, who are in civil unions and domestic partnerships. A lack of legal recognition complicates child custody, visitation rights and end-of-life arrangements.

The amendment also prohibits state employers (like UNC) from providing equal benefits to employees in civil unions or domestic partnerships. If passed, it could threaten UNC’s recruiting and retention rates for faculty and students. Perhaps most appalling, it denies unmarried survivors of domestic violence, assault and stalking legal protections from abusive partners.

Our state can’t afford to enshrine such discrimination into its constitution. Please register to vote in North Carolina and vote against N.C. Amendment One on May 8.

Coco Wilder ’15

To get the day's news and headlines in your inbox each morning, sign up for our email newsletters.