Board member John Tate of Charlotte proposed the resolution because, he said, passing it will cause disruption in families that will hurt children's classroom performance.
The amendment, which would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions, will cause some people to lose health insurance, will weaken domestic violence protections for unmarried couples, and may hinder business recruitment, Tate said.
These are all points amendment opponents make. They are refuted by amendment supporters who say the constitutional amendment supports families and children.
"If there is stress in the household, there is stress on children," Tate said. "Children that are under stress are not going to perform as well in the classroom."
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