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Amendment One could take away domestic violence protections for all unmarried women.
The amendment is a dangerous step backward for domestic violence and stalking protection.
Domestic violence protections could only apply to married couples.
In Ohio, where a similar amendment passed, this loophole has allowed convictions to be overturned.
“Ohio voters who approved a constitutional amendment…probably didn’t envision the measure being successfully used as a defense in domestic violence cases.”
- Cleveland Plain Dealer
This amendment has the power to leave open for question how North Carolina’s domestic violence laws are applied—threatening our state’s victims of domestic violence.
“This [post-amendment] period of uneven application and uncertainty will only mean fewer protections for the already vulnerable as well as an enormous waste of state resources.”
– Professors Maxine Eichner, Barbara Fedders & Holning Lau, UNC School of Law