As with the other protections in question it seemed that the courts would have to decide what the actual interpretation and implementation will be in this area.
Other areas of protection that were under question included hospital visitation, emergency medicals decisions, and disposition of deceased partner's remains.
In a study by Maxine Eichner, Barbara Fedders, Holning Lau, and Rachel Blunk of the University of North Carolina School of Law, the authors discussed how the wording in the proposed amendment could have legal implications beyond banning marriage between same-sex couples.
Although there are legal documents that can help protect medical and financial security (power of attorney, living will, medical power of attorney), these could have been contested in court based on the argument that they recognize a domestic legal union between the two parties.
In addition to legal implications, there were concerns that the amendment would harm economic development and vitality.
Big donors, making more than $10,000 contributions, were the main source of funds.
The Human Rights Campaign, a pro-gay rights group, gave more than $256,000 to the Coalition to Protect NC Families while the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) contributed more than $427,000 to Vote For Marriage NC.
The second sentence in the amendment sought to address this issue by continuing to allow private-party contracts between employees and employers.
For example, a private company could agree to extend health benefits to employees and their partners.
However, since "domestic legal union" was untested language in the courts, the issue was considered likely to face litigation to determine what the actual meaning would be and how it would be implemented.
After passing a similar constitutional amendment in Ohio, several courts ruled that domestic violence protections did not apply to unmarried couples and cases were dismissed or told not to press charges.(3) Are related as parents and children, including others acting in loco parentis to a minor child, or as grandparents and grandchildren.
Ten House Democrats voted "aye": William Brisson, James W. The sections of the bill were: "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.
Crawford, Jr., Elmer Floyd, Ken Goodman, Charles Graham, Dewey L. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts." Specify that the amendment will become effective when it is certified by the Secretary of State.
Since those relationships would not have been recognized under Amendment One, there were potentially serious consequences.