Q. Has the term “domestic legal union”, which appears in Amendment One, ever been defined by the NC courts?
A. No. Legal scholars agree on this point.
Q. Will the term “domestic legal union” require interpretation by the courts?
A. Yes. The NC Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission makes clear in its official statement for voters that the Courts will have to interpret the meaning of this term.
Q. Is the NC Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission a neutral body?
A. Yes, it is made up of the NC Attorney General, the NC Secretary of State and the General Assembly’s Legislative Services Officer, and it is charged with providing an official explanation of any constitutional amendment for voters.
Q. According to the NC Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission, is there a debate among legal experts about the impact that the term “domestic legal union” could have on unmarried couples of the same or opposite sex?
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