Protect All NC Families: Dishonesty In Amendment One Ads

I wrote about this Amendment just recently and the tactics being employed to sway public opinion. They’ve dropped the ‘gay marriage’ line of attack in favor of fear mongering amongst unmarried heterosexuals – here is their latest ad:

Protect All NC Families is flat-out lying to the NC public. On their own site, they claim:

  •  Ban civil unions & strip domestic partnership benefits.
  •  Eliminate health care, prescription drug coverage and other benefits for public employees and children receiving domestic partner benefits.
  •  Threaten protections for all unmarried couples in North Carolina.

North Carolina does not allow civil unions to start with and there are no ‘domestic partnership benefits’ (read: gay marriage) recognized either.

Clearly, there is an assumption here that North Carolinians are ignorant of their own state laws.

I refer you now to the Domestic Violence statute for NC:

§ 50B‑1.  Domestic violence; definition.

(a)        Domestic violence means the commission of one or more of the following acts upon an aggrieved party or upon a minor child residing with or in the custody of the aggrieved party by a person with whom the aggrieved party has or has had a personal relationship, but does not include acts of self‑defense:

(1)        Attempting to cause bodily injury, or intentionally causing bodily injury; or

(2)        Placing the aggrieved party or a member of the aggrieved party’s family or household in fear of imminent serious bodily injury or continued harassment, as defined in G.S. 14‑277.3A, that rises to such a level as to inflict substantial emotional distress; or

(3)        Committing any act defined in G.S. 14‑27.2 through G.S. 14‑27.7.

(b)        For purposes of this section, the term “personal relationship” means a relationship wherein the parties involved:

(1)        Are current or former spouses;

(2)        Are persons of opposite sex who live together or have lived together;

(3)        Are related as parents and children, including others acting in loco parentis to a minor child, or as grandparents and grandchildren. For purposes of this subdivision, an aggrieved party may not obtain an order of protection against a child or grandchild under the age of 16;

(4)        Have a child in common;

(5)        Are current or former household members;

(6)        Are persons of the opposite sex who are in a dating relationship or have been in a dating relationship. For purposes of this subdivision, a dating relationship is one wherein the parties are romantically involved over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship. A casual acquaintance or ordinary fraternization between persons in a business or social context is not a dating relationship.

(c)        As used in this Chapter, the term “protective order” includes any order entered pursuant to this Chapter upon hearing by the court or consent of the parties.  (1979, c. 561, s. 1; 1985, c. 113, s. 1; 1987, c. 828; 1987 (Reg. Sess., 1988), c. 893, ss. 1, 3; 1995 (Reg. Sess., 1996), c. 591, s. 1; 1997‑471, s. 1; 2001‑518, s. 3; 2003‑107, s. 1; 2009‑58, s. 5.)

(Crosspost at Carolina Right)

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A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips:
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