Saturday August 30th 2014

Law professor interprets Amendment One

By Reema Khrais

One of the more vocal educators behind Amendment One has been UNC law professor Maxine Eichner. She says that both opponents and supporters of it agree that the amendment would do more than just add the state’s ban on gay marriage to the constitution. Most supporters and opponents agree that it also would prohibit civil unions and domestic partnerships.

But there are still significant areas of disagreement. Supporters such as Eichner say that courts could interpret the amendment more broadly to keep the state from giving any rights to unmarried couples – same-sex or homosexual, while opponents deny that.

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