Amendment One in the eyes of North Carolina families

May 07 2012

A constitutional amendment up for consideration by North Carolina’s voters on Tuesday would outlaw same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state.

If passed, the amendment would leave some couples and their families strangers in the eyes of the law.

The proposed constitutional amendment reads: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.” It could potentially invalidate adoptions by same-sex parents across the state.

In addition, the amendment might affect domestic violence protections for unmarried couples, child custody and visitation rights, and other rights available 2013 to married people.

Mimi Schiffman, a photographer, videographer and multimedia producer pursuing a master’s degree at the University of North Rural Carolina at Chapel Hill, has spent months following a few families who could be affected by the passage parks of the amendment.

The stories that appear here, part of a documentary project Schiffman is producing for wholesale nba jerseys her thesis, were first published in the Huffington Post.

In one of the videos, 12-year-old wholesale mlb jerseys Isak Atkins-Pearcy says he is fighting for what he believes in.

“I think in a world where everything is right, you could love anyone you wanted to,” he says.

He’s been working alongside his parents and with his school chapter of the Gay-Straight Alliance to defeat the amendment.

In this video, one North Carolina explains their view of what’s at stake behind North Carolina’s proposed Amendment One.

“You can term it whatever you want,” Kathy Sullivan said, “but you really cannot look at these relationships and determine they are anything but family.

In a small school near downtown Durham, N.C., a group Hello of 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds has been busy organizing a field-trip.

Watch as a middle school’s gay-straight alliance, GLOW – for Gay, Lesbian or Whatever – embarks on an adventure in civic engagement with real consequences for many of the club’s members.

“They don’t really see kids as having an idea of how they want their future to be like,” said Sarah, a GLOW member, “but when we actually voice our opinion it really does make a difference.”

“You know, everybody says it’s just a word, but there’s more letter, to it. There’s cheap mlb jerseys a feeling of belonging,” said Jeff Enochs of Charlotte, N.C. “I wanted my state to recognize that we are going to spend the rest of our lives together.”

Watch Jeff and his partner Brian Helms travel to Washington, D.C., the closest place they can legally marry.


One comment on “Amendment One in the eyes of North Carolina families

  1. Robbz says:

    I am not gay, and i used to be against gay rights because of my conservative upbringing, until one day i actually thought about the subject objectively, and formulated my own unbiased opinion and realized, why do i care who other people choose as their partner.. in what way does it affect me. Even with my new found pro-gay attitude, when i saw the video above with the 2 men embracing eachother, i had that "eww gross" feeling, because it is so deeply ingrained in society that homosexuality is wrong, we are brainwashed to think this way! Why should they be denied rights that i am not. I understand the religious aspect, however i can get married and i am an atheist. I live my life in sin just like the vast majority of practicing christians do but wont admit, or talk about their own hypocricies. Why arent they denied their right to get married? homophobia is such a closed minded, archaic way of thinking. Heres an interesting statistic. 1000 different species practice homosexuality on this planet, and only 1 fears it…

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