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McCrory Vetoes Discriminatory SB2

May 29, 2015

McCrory Vetoes Discriminatory SB2

Gov. Pat McCrory has formally vetoed Senate Bill 2, the magistrates recusal bill. The legislation, would exempt certain public officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and others. The veto will now head back to the legislature for approval.

Equality NC Applauds Governor's Promised Veto of SB2

May 28, 2015

Equality NC Applauds Governor's Promised Veto of SB2

Equality NC responded today to statements from Gov. Pat McCrory confirming his intention to veto Senate Bill 2, the magistrates recusal bill. The legislation, which has now passed through both legislative chambers, would exempt certain public officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and others.

Equality NC Condemns House Passage of Magistrates Refusal Bill, Asks Governor to Veto

May 28, 2015

Equality NC Condemns House Passage of Magistrates Refusal Bill, Asks Governor to Veto

Equality NC today condemned the passage of a first-of-its-kind magistrates refusal bill exempting certain public officials from issuing marriage licenses without fear of losing their jobs, if doing so “would violate their core religious beliefs.”

Equality NC Hosts Day of Action at N.C. General Assembly

May 4, 2015

Equality NC Hosts Day of Action at N.C. General Assembly

Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, will host nearly 100 pro-equality North Carolinians at the N.C. General Assembly for the organization's 2015 Day of Action.

(ELON POLL) Vast Majority of NC Opposes RFRA

Apr 28, 2015

(ELON POLL) Vast Majority of NC Opposes RFRA

Nearly two-thirds of North Carolina registered voters don’t think businesses should be able to refuse services to people who are gay or lesbian, regardless of a business owner’s religious beliefs, according to the latest Elon University Poll.

Equality NC Joins 23 Organizations in Multi-state Brief Urging Supreme Court to Find in Favor of Freedom to Marry

Apr 28, 2015

Equality NC Joins 23 Organizations in Multi-state Brief Urging Supreme Court to Find in Favor of Freedom to Marry

Equality NC joined 22 fellow pro-equality organizations from across the country in signing on to an Amicus Curiae (“friend of the court”) brief filed today by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in the marriage equality cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Equality NC: "The Case for the Freedom to Marry Has Never Been More Clear."

Apr 27, 2015

Equality NC: "The Case for the Freedom to Marry Has Never Been More Clear."

Equality NC reacted to today's U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments surrounding cases from four states–Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee–on the issue of marriage equality. Today's historic testimony sets the stage for the nation's highest court to provide a national resolution on the question of same-sex couples' fundamental freedom to marry in all 50 states.

Equality NC Responds to Lawmakers' Decision to Stop NC's RFRA Bills

Apr 23, 2015

Equality NC Responds to Lawmakers' Decision to Stop NC's RFRA Bills

Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, issued the following statement today after North Carolina's House leadership announced that the state's so-called 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (or RFRA) would no longer be considered in the General Assembly's 2015-2016 session.

Burr, Tillis Vote To Allow Discrimination Against LGBT Youth

Apr 22, 2015

Burr, Tillis Vote To Allow Discrimination Against LGBT Youth

As the U.S. Senate considered amendments today on the anti-human trafficking bill, Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis voted in favor of allowing homeless and runaway youth who identify as LGBT to be discriminated against.

Equality NC to Deliver Thousands of Messages to Gov. McCrory: Veto RFRA in North Carolina

Apr 16, 2015

Equality NC to Deliver Thousands of Messages to Gov. McCrory: Veto RFRA in North Carolina

On Monday, April 20, at 9 a.m., Equality NC will join coalition partners in Raleigh and Charlotte to deliver thousands of petitions to N.C. Governor Pat McCrory’s offices urging him to veto two so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (or RFRA) bills currently being considered in both chambers of the N.C. General Assembly.

Equality NC Condemns Former Magistrates Lawsuit

Apr 9, 2015

Equality NC Condemns Former Magistrates Lawsuit

Equality NC today condemned a lawsuit filed this week by two former North Carolina magistrates who are suing court officials in an effort to be reinstated and the right to opt out of their responsibility to marry same-sex couples.

Attorney General Cooper: I'd Veto RFRA

Apr 8, 2015

Attorney General Cooper: I'd Veto RFRA

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper told the Associated Press on Wednesday he rejects a proposal allowing public officials to cite religion for declining to serve same-sex couples and would veto two RFRA bills circulating in the N.C. General Assembly. Cooper is preparing a run for governor in 2016.

(POLL) Majority of NC Opposes RFRA Discrimination

Apr 7, 2015

(POLL) Majority of NC Opposes RFRA Discrimination

A new poll released on April 6, 2015, from NC-based Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that the majority of North Carolinians (56%) think business owners should not be allowed to refuse service to gay customers, compared to just 31 percent who think they should be able to. The North Carolina General Assembly is currently considering two bills that would allow that type of discrimination by the business community against LGBT North Carolinians.

NC House Introduces Bill to Protect LGBT Workers

Apr 2, 2015

NC House Introduces Bill to Protect LGBT Workers

Primary Sponsors Representatives Paul Luebke, (D-Durham), Tricia Cotham (D-Mecklenburg), Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), and Shelly Willingham (D-Edgecombe, Martin) introduced House Bill 443, "Nondiscrimination in Public Employment" this week, alongside a host of other legislative sponsors in a companion bill to SB612 that would provide much-needed protections for North Carolina's LGBT workers.

N.C. House Speaker Moore: RFRA Bill to Be Scrutinized

Mar 31, 2015

N.C. House Speaker Moore: RFRA Bill to Be Scrutinized

House Speaker Tim Moore responded Tuesday to a GOP bill designed to refuse services based on religious beliefs, saying the bill would be scrutinized and reiterating "The last thing that we need to do is to rush into anything." Equality NC responded to the Speaker's comments by calling for North Carolinians to encourage more legislative leaders to oppose this discriminatory bill.

McCrory Blasts State's RFRA Bills, Equality NC Responds

Mar 30, 2015

McCrory Blasts State's RFRA Bills, Equality NC Responds

N.C. Governor Pat McCrory Monday said GOP bill designed to refuse services based on religious beliefs "makes no sense." Equality NC responded to the governor's comments by calling for North Carolinians to encourage more leaders to oppose these discriminatory bills.

NC Senators Introduce Bill to Protect LGBT Workers

Mar 26, 2015

NC Senators Introduce Bill to Protect LGBT Workers

Senators Erica Smith-Ingram (D-Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Tyrrell, Washington) and Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) introduced Senate Bill 612, "Nondiscrimination in State Employment" on Thursday, providing much-needed protections for North Carolina's LGBT workers.

Equality NC Condemns N.C. Senate Version of "North Carolina Religious Freedom Restoration Act"

Mar 26, 2015

Equality NC Condemns N.C. Senate Version of "North Carolina Religious Freedom Restoration Act"

Equality NC today condemned the N.C. Senate's version of a so-called "religious freedom" bill, filed in the N.C. House on Tuesday, that could sanction promote discrimination against North Carolina's LGBT population.

NC's NAACP Leader Headlines LGBTQ Media Confab

Mar 26, 2015

NC's NAACP Leader Headlines LGBTQ Media Confab

North Carolina's NAACP Chair Rev. Dr. William Barber took centerstage as LGBTQ media professionals gathered in Philadelphia on March 13-14, to look forward to issues post-marriage-equality and inward to their reporting of them.

Replacements, Ltd. Founder and CEO Bob Page Weds Longtime Partner

Mar 26, 2015

Replacements, Ltd. Founder and CEO Bob Page Weds Longtime Partner

Following a decades-long fight for marriage equality, Replacements, Ltd. Founder and CEO Bob Page married his longtime partner Dale Frederiksen last night in a private family ceremony at Replacements, Ltd. Equality NC congratulates these ardent supporters of Equality.

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