South Carolina Election 2006 open thread
CNN: amendment passes: 72% to 28% (8:30 PM, 7% of precincts reporting)
Article XVII of the Constitution of this state would be amended by adding:
A marriage between one man and one woman is the only lawful domestic union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This State and its political subdivisions shall not create a legal status, right or claim respecting any other domestic union, however denominated. This State and its political subdivisions shall not recognize or give effect to a legal status, right or claim created by another jurisdiction respecting any other domestic union, however denominated. Nothing in this section shall impair any right or benefit extended by the State or its political subdivisions other than a right or benefit arising from a domestic union that is not valid or recognized in this State. This section shall not prohibit or limit parties, other than the State or its political subdivisions, from entering into contracts or other legal instruments.
Polls close: 7PM.
This amendment would ban civil unions and domestic partnerships as well as common law marriage will be eliminated. Domestic violence laws will be in flux for unmarried people in relationships.