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Equality NC, Human Rights Campaign Respond to Released Audio of Pittenger Comments

Sep 26, 2014

Equality NC, Human Rights Campaign Respond to Released Audio of Pittenger Comments

Friday, after the office of U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC-09) denied the Congressman had made outrageous statements comparing the right to smoke on private property with a right to discriminate against LGBT people in the workplace, ThinkProgress released recorded audio of the Congressman’s offensive statements.

Equality NC, Human Rights Campaign Tell Pittenger: We Will Not Stand for Workplace Discrimination

Sep 25, 2014

Equality NC, Human Rights Campaign Tell Pittenger: We Will Not Stand for Workplace Discrimination

Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), HRC North Carolina, and Equality NC delivered over 30,000 petitions to the Charlotte office of U.S. Representative Robert Pittenger (NC-09). Representatives from HRC, Equality NC, Charlotte Business Guild, Charlotte Black Gay Pride, and Mecklenburg Commissioner Pat Cotham joined community members to deliver the petitions.

Equality NC, Human Rights Campaign to Deliver 30,000 Petitions to Pittenger

Sep 23, 2014

Equality NC, Human Rights Campaign to Deliver 30,000 Petitions to Pittenger

On Thursday, September 25, at 9 a.m., the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality NC will deliver over 30,000 petitions to U.S. Representative Robert Pittenger (NC-09) at his Charlotte District Office. The petitions, signed by nationwide supporters of workplace equality, are meant to send a strong message to the Republican congressman that his fellow Americans, including a large number of North Carolinians and district constituents, will not stand for employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers.

Equality NC's National Parent Organization Chooses  North Carolina for 18th Annual Conference

Sep 18, 2014

Equality NC's National Parent Organization Chooses North Carolina for 18th Annual Conference

Equality NC announced today that its national parent organization has officially selected the state of North Carolina for its 2015 summer conference.

POLL: NC Support for Marriage Equality Tops Opposition

Sep 15, 2014

POLL: NC Support for Marriage Equality Tops Opposition

A new poll released on September 15, 2014, from NC-based Elon University Polling found that 45% of North Carolinians now support full marriage equality for same-gender couples (versus 43% against). It is the first time that Elon University Poll has found support for the freedom to marry topping that of opponents.

Equality NC Announces 2014 Candidate Picks

Sep 15, 2014

Equality NC Announces 2014 Candidate Picks

Today Equality NC, North Carolina’s statewide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) advocacy group, and Equality NC Action Fund, the political action committee (PAC) of Equality NC, announced candidate selections for the 2014 General Election.

Winston-Salem Provides Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples

Sep 6, 2014

Winston-Salem Provides Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples

Winston-Salem is believed to be the first North Carolina city to recognize legally-married same-sex couples for the purposes of city employee health benefits. In a letter to city employees on Aug. 28, Winston-Salem’s human resources director, Carmen Caruth, said the city would recognize all legal marriage licenses from any state or other U.S. jurisdiction, including both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

Families Deliver Thousands of Messages to McCrory: Stop Defending Marriage Ban

Aug 26, 2014

Families Deliver Thousands of Messages to McCrory: Stop Defending Marriage Ban

On Wednesday, August 27, at 9 a.m., same-sex couples and families throughout the state of North Carolina will deliver over10,000 petitions to Governor Pat McCrory urging him to stop defending the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Supreme Court Delays Virginia Marriages

Aug 20, 2014

Supreme Court Delays Virginia Marriages

The Supreme Court on Wednesday stopped Virginia officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, putting on hold a lower court ruling that said the unions could start on Thursday, August 21.

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.

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