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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. Some units of government in North Carolina have, before the adoption of Amendment One, extended some kinds of employee benefits - notably health insurance - to unmarried domestic partners. The question arises with the adoption of Amendment One whether this extension of benefits by public employers is now unlawful. This bulletin looks at law the courts will have to apply to determine whether Amendment One extends to employee benefit plans.
Public Employment Law Bulletin (NoCar KFN 7835 .A519), Vol. Issue 39, June 2012, p1-34, f
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