David Blankenhorn and Elizabeth Marquardt, president and vice president, respectively, for family studies at the Institute for American Values have denounced Amendment One in today’s News and Observer. David had actually testified in California’s Proposition 8 case on behalf of “traditional marriage.” His stance in NC is different, however, due to a lack of any provisions in the State for recognizing same-sex relationships.
For one thing, it means that North Carolina could not, now or ever, take any step or devise any policy to extend legal recognition and protection to same-sex couples. No domestic partnership laws. No civil unions. Nothing.
That’s mighty cold. If you disdain gay and lesbian persons, and don’t care whether they and their families remain permanently outside of the protection of our laws, such a policy might be your cup of tea. But it’s not our view, and we doubt that it’s the view of most North Carolinians.
So while we at Honest NC would like to see same-sex couples given the ability to enter into “traditional” marriage, we’ll take any friend in a storm. The article is worth a read.