NC lawyers say Amendment One upholds sanctity of divorce
Apr30

NC lawyers say Amendment One upholds sanctity of divorce

  RALEIGH- Vote FOR Marriage and religious leaders have said passing the North Carolina Marriage Protection Amendment would uphold the sanctity of marriage.   The Coalition to Protect All NC Families have said passing Amendment One could strip domestic partners of their health care benefits, endanger a child of an unmarried parent’s health coverage, and put single women at risk under current domestic violence laws.   But North Carolina lawyers say both sides have left out the real issue, the sanctity of divorce. The United North Carolina Lawyers Association (UNCLA) on Friday released a statement in support of Amendment One.   “Divorce has allowed North Carolina citizens to undue their poor sense of judgement for years. Call it a mulligan on that ’till death do us part’ part. Amendment One preserves that mulligan for years to come,” the UNCLA release stated.   The release signed by over 100 North Carolina lawyers goes on to say, “The way North Carolina residents divorce is currently under attack and passing the Marriage Protection Act is a way to preserve divorce as God intended it.”   The UNCLA is worried if Amendment One does not pass that will leave the door open for gay marriage in North Carolina and that does not bode well for divorce. The UNCLA points to data from the Census Bureau that indicates divorce rates are lower in states that allow gay marriage. The UNCLA is worried gay marriage would also drive down the divorce rate in North Carolina.   “Look North Carolina has a proud tradition of divorce. In fact we divorce at higher rates than most of the United States,” said Jack McCoy, a Raleigh based divorce attorney. “States that have gay marriage tend to have low divorce rates. Do you really want the divorce rate to go down? That’s bad for business. Nobody is thinking about the real victims in this, which is North Carolina lawyers and their families.”   The UNCLA explains Amendment One is not about gay rights or how God defined marriage. Amendment One, for the UNCLA, is an economic issue. The average cost of a contested divorce in North Carolina range from $8,187 to $132,600. With North Carolina divorce lawyers charging $125 to $350 per hour and accountants charging $125 to $350 per hour,  the UNCLA says divorce is a staple of the North Carolina economy.   “If all of a sudden because of gay marriage nobody wants to get a divorce, that puts a lot of lawyers out of work. The last thing you want to do in a down economy is put more people out of work,” said McCoy. “Sure...

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