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State Board of Education passes resolution against amendment

The State Board of Education passed a resolution today opposing the constitutional amendment on marriage by a vote of 5-4.

Board member John Tate of Charlotte proposed the resolution because, he said, passing it will cause disruption in families that will hurt children's classroom performance.

The amendment, which would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions, will cause some people to lose health insurance, will weaken domestic violence protections for unmarried couples, and may hinder business recruitment, Tate said.

These are all points amendment opponents make. They are refuted by amendment supporters who say the constitutional amendment supports families and children.

"If there is stress in the household, there is stress on children," Tate said. "Children that are under stress are not going to perform as well in the classroom."

It is unusual for the board to take positions on such topics. Board votes are unusually unanimous and close votes are rare.

Tate said some of his fellow board members didn't want to wade in to the controversial issue.

"Some of my peers, who I think are against the amendment, did not feel the State Board should be taking it up," he said. "I felt differently. Fortunately the vote passed."

Update: Tate asked the board to pass a 4 1/2-page,  34-paragraph resolution. The board ended up passing a stripped-down, one-paragraph version.


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"How, specifically, will it cause childrend to lose health insurance?"

Let's say that a man(with no health insurance) has a child, and he(the father) is with a male partner who has health insurance. Because the two cannot be married, the child cannot get health insurance through his father's partner. Allowing gay marriage would allow the child to have health insurance, the same way a male-female marriage would. There are several other benefits that married couples are entitled to, such as tax breaks.


"How, specifically, will it hinder domestic violence protections? Under NC law, people do not have to be married to be protected by domestic violence laws. So, how will it hinder?"

The amendment states that marriage between a man and women is the “only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized,”.  If the amendment passes, domestic violence laws could then be applied only to married couples. A un-married person accused of domestic violence would simply argue in court that his relationship with his partner is unrecognized as a domestic union, and thus be exempt from domestic violence laws.

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How, specifically, will it

How, specifically, will it cause childrend to lose health insurance? Will health insurance companies drop all children if their parent is gay? Where is this information located? How, specifically, will it hinder domestic violence protections? Under NC law, people do not have to be married to be protected by domestic violence laws. So, how will it hinder?

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