It’s an honor to be among Equality NC’s 2012 Equality Champion Award winners…

By: Monday October 22, 2012 12:59 pm

This year’s Amendment One battle spurred a landmark movement of coalition-building for equality in the state of North Carolina.  Six women will be presented with the Bob Page Equality Champion Award at this year’s Equality Gala in Greensboro on Saturday, November 17. In many ways, receiving “the phone call” about this wonderful honor from the [...]

New web site, campaign harnesses NC’s post-Amendment One anger – it’s payback time for anti-gay pols

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 9:51 am

It’s painful to think about the May outcome of the Amendment One fight here in NC — discrimination passed because the Republicans in the legislature (the first time they were in power since Reconstruction), made it a priority to put it on the ballot. And there were Democrats who joined to put it there as [...]

UNC School of Gov’t: Amendment One doesn’t bar local govts from offering domestic partner benefits

By: Friday July 6, 2012 7:27 am

As Bob Geary noted in his piece for the Independent Weekly, there are myriad matters related to the rights of lesbian and gay couples that will end up in court as the result of the passage of Amendment One here in North Carolina.  In the wake of this ban on same-sex marriage (as well as [...]

North Carolinian walking 80 miles to State House to deliver Amendment One protest letter

By: Monday June 4, 2012 11:57 am

Amendment One passed on May 8, and the measure amended Article 14 of the North Carolina Constitution by adding this new section: Sec. 6. Marriage. Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into [...]

Rev. Irene Monroe: Amendment One boosts eliminationist rhetoric by gay-hating pastors

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 9:30 am

When North Carolina amended its constitution last month strengthening its prohibition against LGBTQ marriage equality, it came as no surprise it was the loudest voices condemning President Obama’s support of marriage equality. “The last time NC amended the constitution on marriage was in 1875 to ban interracial marriage. We look like a bunch of backward [...]

Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt: Why You Shouldn’t Boycott North Carolina

By: Saturday May 26, 2012 1:23 pm

The mayor of Chapel Hill, Mark Kleinschmidt (who is openly gay), was confident that his town would turn back Amendment One on May 8. It did, by a whopping 86 percent to 14 percent, but he watched as we all did here as county after rural county results came in, with more voters turning out [...]

Come on people – enough with stoking the black = homophobic meme

By: Friday May 25, 2012 8:17 am

Really now. The day after Amendment One passed, I received two phone calls from mainstream media reporters asking for my opinion on the “black vote” in support of the amendment when there was no exit polls or even data showing how blacks voters split on the marriage discrimination ballot initiative. They were feeding into the [...]

NC: Mike Bloomberg blasts Amendment One during UNC commencement

By: Monday May 14, 2012 6:00 am

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg gave the commencement address at UNC this past weekend, and took a swipe at North Carolina’s voters who decided to ensure that gay and lesbian couples are second-class citizens in the state by passing Amendment One. Bloomberg, who was one of the driving forces for the legalization of marriage [...]

Open letter: national black leaders embrace President Obama’s position on LGBT equality

By: Saturday May 12, 2012 6:27 am

Just an FYI, in the wake of Amendment One, actually Wednesday and Thursday, I was deluged with requests by news outlets and radio programs  for comments about North Carolina, the President’s coming out for marriage equality, or both. That I kind of expected. What I was also asked about by some reporters was the inevitable [...]

WE DO Campaign strikes back against Amendment One – lesbian seeking marriage license arrested

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 10:16 pm

As I mentioned yesterday, the Campaign for Southern Equality’s WE DO Campaign, peaceful direct actions protesting marriage inequality, launched its latest series of events at county offices in North Carolina in the wake of the passage of Amendment One. Today there was an arrest in Winston-Salem. Mary Jamis, 52, of Mocksville, and a heterosexual friend who [...]

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