North Carolina’s Gay Marriage Ban Is Missing Key Words

The GOP’s rush to place on the ballot a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage has left off a key part of the original bill which “clarifies that the ban doesn’t prohibit businesses from offering benefits to domestic partners.” That phrasing won’t be appearing on the ballot — a change Democrats didn’t notice “until days after the legislature approved the marriage referendum.” “That sentence was crucial in some legislators’ minds about why they were willing to vote for it (and) pretty crucial to the business community,” Rep. Rick Glazier (D) says. “To say you can have half of this constitutional amendment with half of it gone … makes no sense whatsoever.”