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The ballot for the primary vote on Article 14, Section 6 of the N.C. Constitution stated:

“Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”

Here is the entire amendment (there was a 2nd sentence which is bolded/underlined)

Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. 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.

This sounds like the door is open to equitable distribution agreements, same sex partnership agreements, custody, and child support agreements. Hmm. Is legislation required for that?

It also begs the question: why wasn’t the whole amendment published on the ballot? Is that proper? This could get interesting.

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Source: http://www.ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/North_Carolina_Same-Sex_Marriage,_Amendment_1_(May_2012)