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State LGBT Groups Respond to Michael Brown

Aug 15, 2014

State LGBT Groups Respond to Michael Brown

On Friday, Equality NC joined dozens of state-based LGBT advocacy organizations in an open letter of solidarity in response to the tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black Missouri teenager who was shot and killed Saturday by a police officer in suburban St. Louis.

Equality NC Applauds Fourth Circuit’s Decision to Deny Stay in Marriage Case

Aug 13, 2014

Equality NC Applauds Fourth Circuit’s Decision to Deny Stay in Marriage Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today denied a request to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's ban on the freedom to marry. Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, today's court’s action means that Virginia couples may begin marrying and having their out-of-state marriages recognized in Virginia as early as August 20.

N.C. Senator Reveals Plans to Impeach Attorney General Over Marriage Comments

Aug 8, 2014

N.C. Senator Reveals Plans to Impeach Attorney General Over Marriage Comments

Equality NC responded on Friday to comments from N.C. Senator Norm Sanderson (R – Carteret and Pamlico Counties), who said Thursday that leadership in both GOP-controlled chambers of the North Carolina legislature should work to remove the state's Attorney General Roy Cooper from office.

Hickory's Wine and Design Presents "An Artistic Night for Equality"

Aug 8, 2014

Hickory's Wine and Design Presents "An Artistic Night for Equality"

Wine and Design (2440 N. Center Street, Hwy 127N, Hickory, NC 28601) has announced it will host a fundraiser for Equality NC Foothills, the Hickory affiliate of Raleigh-based Equality NC. Known for its painting parties paired with wine tastings, the Hickory business will lead “An Artistic Night for Equality,” on Thursday, August 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register now.

Leader of NC's anti-marriage equality effort: Gay people 'defying what they were created to be'

Aug 5, 2014

Leader of NC's anti-marriage equality effort: Gay people 'defying what they were created to be'

Equality NC responded on Tuesday to comments from Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the anti-LGBT North Carolina Values Coalition and leader of North Carolina’s anti-marriage equality efforts who, in a recent interview, said gay people are “defying what they were created to be.”

Equality NC's Sgro Elected to National Board

Aug 2, 2014

Equality NC's Sgro Elected to National Board

On Saturday, Equality NC's Executive Director Chris Sgro was elected as a member representative to the board of the Equality Federation, a national alliance of organizations working for LGBT equality in every state. The Saturday election took place at the conclusion of the Equality Federation's 2014 Summer Meeting held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 30, through August 2.

4th Circuit Marriage Case Headed to Supreme Court

Aug 1, 2014

4th Circuit Marriage Case Headed to Supreme Court

In a new filing, Prince William County Circuit Court Clerk Michele McQuigg has told the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that she intends to ask the Supreme Court to review Bostic v. Schaefer.

Equality NC Welcomes New Staff

Jul 31, 2014

Equality NC Welcomes New Staff

Equality NC announced today that Greensboro's Matt Hirschy and Ben Graumann will join Equality NC's team starting in July 2014. Hirschy will be Equality NC's first-ever Director of Business Engagement and Programs, leading the organization's business engagement and programmatic efforts. As Equality NC's new Development Associate, Graumann will assist in important day-to-day engagement with the organization's over 100,000 state and national supporters.

TODAY: ACLU to Discuss Next Steps in Challenges to North Carolina Marriage Ban

Jul 29, 2014

TODAY: ACLU to Discuss Next Steps in Challenges to North Carolina Marriage Ban

Follow a ruling today from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of marriage equality, North Carolina's Attorney General Roy Cooper held a press conference in response, saying that as a result of the ruling, North Carolina's own ban on the freedom to marry, "will almost surely be overturned."

North Carolina Attorney General To Stop Defending State's Marriage Ban

Jul 28, 2014

North Carolina Attorney General To Stop Defending State's Marriage Ban

Follow a ruling today from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of marriage equality, North Carolina's Attorney General Roy Cooper held a press conference in response, saying that as a result of the ruling, North Carolina's own ban on the freedom to marry, "will almost surely be overturned."

LOVE WINS: 4th Circuit Rejects Ban on Marriage Equality

Jul 28, 2014

LOVE WINS: 4th Circuit Rejects Ban on Marriage Equality

In a landmark ruling that will reverberate throughout the South and the entire country, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has upheld a lower court ruling and struck down Virginia’s ban on the freedom to marry, and set the stage to further challenge Amendment One in North Carolina.

NC Charter School Bill Passes House Without Protections for LGBT Students, Heads to Governor

Jul 25, 2014

NC Charter School Bill Passes House Without Protections for LGBT Students, Heads to Governor

A version of the charter school modification bill, Senate Bill 793, passed 62-36 in the N.C. House today without specific protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Prior House language that would have kept discrimination protections in line with various federal laws that include the LGBT community, were removed from the Senate version approved yesterday.

NC Charter School Bill Now Excludes Protections for Gay and Transgender Students

Jul 24, 2014

NC Charter School Bill Now Excludes Protections for Gay and Transgender Students

A charter school modification bill, Senate Bill 793, returned from a conference committee and passed the Senate today without specific protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students nor House language that would have kept the discrimination protections in line with various federal laws that include the LGBT community.

Equality NC Contributes to New Report on LGBT Health Care Needs Under the Affordable Care Act

Jul 24, 2014

Equality NC Contributes to New Report on LGBT Health Care Needs Under the Affordable Care Act

Equality NC is featured in a report released today from Out2Enroll, a nationwide campaign dedicated to connecting LGBT people with their health coverage options, that outlines lessons from LGBT outreach and education surrounding health care options under the Affordable Care Act. The organization shared valuable insights, reviewed findings, and contributed thoughtful commentary on strategies for ensuring that the benefits of health reform reach LGBT communities across the country.

Brandon Announces Bid for High Point Mayor

Jul 22, 2014

Brandon Announces Bid for High Point Mayor

State Representative Marcus Brandon (D-60) has announced his candidacy for Mayor of High Point. As North Carolina's only openly-gay legislator, Brandon is currently serving his second term in the North Carolina General Assembly; his tenure began in 2011.

President Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers

Jul 21, 2014

President Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers

President Barack Obama today signed a long-awaited executive order to protect LGBT employees of federal contractors and transgender federal employees from discrimination.

Arrowood to Run for N.C. Court of Appeals

Jul 16, 2014

Arrowood to Run for N.C. Court of Appeals

Former North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge John Arrowood announced Tuesday he will run in this November’s election to fill the seat of retiring Chief Judge John Martin. Arrowood was the first openly-LGBT North Carolinian to serve on the Court of Appeals.

Utah Appeal Sends Marriage Case to Supreme Court

Jul 9, 2014

Utah Appeal Sends Marriage Case to Supreme Court

The Utah Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday that it will appeal the 10th Circuit Court’s decision last month upholding same-sex marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 25, the 10th Circuit Court ruled that states outlawing same-sex marriage are in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Equality NC Tells President: No Broad Religious Exemption in Executive Order

Jul 8, 2014

Equality NC Tells President: No Broad Religious Exemption in Executive Order

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s unprecedented decision in Hobby Lobby, Equality NC joined advocates working for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in 45 states to applaud President Obama for his promised executive order protecting LGBT people from discrimination by federal contractors while also asking him to ensure that the executive order not contain any exemption beyond what is provided by the Constitution and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Equality NC Responds to Exclusion of LGBT Workers in Governor's Executive Order

Jun 30, 2014

Equality NC Responds to Exclusion of LGBT Workers in Governor's Executive Order

Gov. Pat McCrory issued an executive order today that excluded gay and transgender workers from state requirements for equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment.

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