Marriage Amendment

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

It's been a controversial and debated issue around the United States since last November when a Massachusetts judge ruled that gay couples could marry or be a part of a civil union. Now, Kentuckians have the choice of whether or not to pass a Marriage Amendment here.

Chad Smith says, "I'm going to vote no on the Marriage Amendment."

Mike Wilson says, "I plan to vote yes on the Marriage Amendment."

But what exactly does a yes or no vote mean?

Wilson says, "You're basically voting yes for traditional marriage is what it is. The very first part of it is easy to understand. The second part is what kind of confuses people."

The amendment reads, "Are you in favor of amending the Kentucky Constitution to provide that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be a marriage in Kentucky, and that legal status identical to or similar to marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized?"

But other people besides gay and lesbian couples will also be affected by the amendment.

Zach Vincent is against the amendment. He says, "I feel that conservatives are using the gay and lesbian issue to get the amendment passed. People don't understand; not only will it affect gay and lesbian couples, it will affect all unmarried couples in Kentucky."

Meaning any unmarried couple could not make life-saving medical decisions, have access to healthcare, have insurance, or cope with end of life issues if the amendment is passed. But those in favor of the amendment say redefining marriage as same-sex marriage could lead to complications in society.

Mike Wilson says, "It's going to increase Social Security benefits (going out to partners it normally would not) putting a strain on the Social Security system."


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