Public Employment Law Bulletin #39

Amendment One, North Carolina Public Employers, and Domestic Partner Benefits

Friday, June 1, 2012

On May 8, 2012, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution making marriage between a man and a woman the only "domestic" union that can receive legal recognition in the state. The question arises with the adoption of Amendment One whether the extension of benefits to same-sex couples by public employers is now unlawful. This bulletin looks at the law the courts will have to apply to determine whether Amendment One extends to employee benefit plans.

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