In some other states, such amendments have led to the end of domestic partner benefits for public workers. And that's exactly what some families in North Carolina are afraid of.
|Melissa, Moira, and Libby Hodges, left to right, pose in front of a Christmas tree.|
"Sometimes it just happens that way," Libby Hodges tells her daughter. "Like when you play a soccer game. ... If I lose or win it's okay."
Libby works for the city of Durham, one of nine local governments across the state offering domestic partner benefits. Moira is on her insurance plan. But since Libby isn't the little girl's biological mom, that benefit could end.
Libby's partner, Melissa Hodges, who gave birth to Moira, could add their daughter to her insurance plan. That would cost an extra $500 a month, a big hit to their budget. Melissa says they may have to move to a state where domestic partner benefits are assured.
"I'm going to stay on the lookout for jobs in all these various different places in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maryland," says Melissa Hodges. "I was looking back at the list today of which states do we have all the same benefits and rights or at least as close as we can get."
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