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Former NFL star Wade Davis to Deliver Keynote at 2014 Equality Gala

Oct 28, 2014

Former NFL star Wade Davis to Deliver Keynote at 2014 Equality Gala

Equality NC Foundation announced today that Wade Davis, former NFL star and executive director of the nonprofit You Can Play Project, will deliver the keynote address at the organization's 2014 Equality Gala, on November 22, 2014 at the Empire Room in Greensboro.

Equality NC Calls Senate Leader's Anti-Gay Actions an "Abuse of Power"

Oct 25, 2014

Equality NC Calls Senate Leader's Anti-Gay Actions an "Abuse of Power"

Equality NC accused Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) of an abuse of power and a political "stunt" for his continued fight against marriage equality in North Carolina.

NEW STUDY: Approximately 159,000 LGBT Workers in North Carolina Lack Statewide Protections Against Ongoing Employment Discrimination

Oct 22, 2014

NEW STUDY: Approximately 159,000 LGBT Workers in North Carolina Lack Statewide Protections Against Ongoing Employment Discrimination

Approximately 159,000 LGBT workers in North Carolina are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute. At least seventeen localities in North Carolina prohibit public sector employment discrimination against LGBT people, however only 2% of the state’s labor force is employed by those municipalities.

Equality NC Responds to N.C. Senate Leader's Announced Anti-LGBT Legislation

Oct 21, 2014

Equality NC Responds to N.C. Senate Leader's Announced Anti-LGBT Legislation

In a statement released by Equality NC, executive director Chris Sgro responded today to an announcement made by Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) that he intends to introduce legislation allowing magistrates and registers of deeds in North Carolina to bypass current marriage laws under the guise of "religious freedom."

BREAKING: Raleigh Votes to Protect Transgender Workers

Oct 21, 2014

BREAKING: Raleigh Votes to Protect Transgender Workers

Raleigh City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday afternoon to include protections for transgender city employees in revised policy language approved by the City's Human Relations Commission. With the vote, the state's capital city became the sixth city in North Carolina to protect all city employees in the LGBT community.

Equality NC Responds to N.C. Senate Leader's Anti-LGBT News Conference

Oct 21, 2014

Equality NC Responds to N.C. Senate Leader's Anti-LGBT News Conference

Equality NC today responded to news that Senate Pro Temp Phil Berger would host a news conference with anti-LGBT leaders at the Rockingham County Courthouse meant to encourage register of deeds to violate their duties to grant same-marriages in the state.

Equality NC Responds to Anti-LGBT Group's Misleading Memo to NC Registers of Deeds

Oct 17, 2014

Equality NC Responds to Anti-LGBT Group's Misleading Memo to NC Registers of Deeds

Two anti-LGBT organizations sent an unsigned memo to all North Carolina registers of deeds offices. The memo suggests that Registers of Deeds and their employees could refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if their personal beliefs conflict.

Judge Reverses Course Requiring All Alamance Magistrates Marry Same-Sex Couples, Equality NC Responds

Oct 17, 2014

Judge Reverses Course Requiring All Alamance Magistrates Marry Same-Sex Couples, Equality NC Responds

Today, Equality NC, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization, responded to news that the judge supervising Alamance County magistrates has reversed course and will now require all country magistrates perform same-sex marriages or face immediate consequences.

UPDATE: Magistrates in Alamance must perform same-sex unions or face penalties, Equality NC responds

Oct 16, 2014

UPDATE: Magistrates in Alamance must perform same-sex unions or face penalties, Equality NC responds

This week, North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts released a memo to Superior Court Judges, Chief District Court Judges, District Court Judges, Clerks of Superior Court and Magistrates including instructions that no state magistrate could refuse to marry same-sex couples. Read it here.

Equality NC Responds to Allegations of Alamance Magistrates' Refusal to Carry Out Marriage Law

Oct 15, 2014

Equality NC Responds to Allegations of Alamance Magistrates' Refusal to Carry Out Marriage Law

Equality NC responded today to news that Alamance County magistrates are refusing to marry same-sex couples following Friday's ruling enjoining the state from enforcing a ban on the freedom to marry. "Equality NC is extremely concerned about the situation for same-sex couples seeking civil ceremonies in Alamance County. While details of unlawful actions on the part of magistrates are still unclear, it appears from statements made in the media that certain magistrates who object to performing same-sex marriage ceremonies will not be required to do so, in violation of the law."

Equality NC Responds to Pasquotank Magistrate's Refusal to Marry Same-Sex Couple

Oct 14, 2014

Equality NC Responds to Pasquotank Magistrate's Refusal to Marry Same-Sex Couple

A state magistrate in Pasquotank County could face disciplinary action after refusing to marry a same-sex couple. Magistrate Gary Littleton declined to perform the couple's civil ceremony, citing his "religious views." Equality NC immediately responded to the news, assuring same-sex couples that magistrates would be held accountable.

Equality NC Responds to Second Ruling Striking Down Marriage Ban

Oct 14, 2014

Equality NC Responds to Second Ruling Striking Down Marriage Ban

A federal judge in Greensboro, N.C., has ruled that North Carolina’s marriage amendment is unconstitutional, but will also allow the state’s top Republican legislative leaders to intervene in their continuing effort to defend the constitutional ban. Equality NC immediately responded to the ruling, assuring same-sex couples statewide that marriage equality remains "the law of the land" and deriding the GOP leadership's continuing waste of taxpayer dollars.

Equality NC Responds to Statements from Iredell Register of Deeds

Oct 12, 2014

Equality NC Responds to Statements from Iredell Register of Deeds

Responding to a Sunday article from the Statesville Record & Landmark reporting that Matt McCall, Iredell County’s Register of Deeds, said he is unsure whether the Friday marriage equality ruling applies to his office, Equality NC issued the following statement urging all register of deeds to follow the law.

Equality NC Hosts Statewide Events Celebrating First Full Day of Marriage Equality

Oct 12, 2014

Equality NC Hosts Statewide Events Celebrating First Full Day of Marriage Equality

Equality NC, the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) North Carolinians, will host events statewide to celebrate the first full day of marriage equality in North Carolina, on Monday, October 13, 2014.

BREAKING: Marriage Equality in North Carolina

Oct 10, 2014

BREAKING: Marriage Equality in North Carolina

Days after the Supreme Court declined to hear state appeals in support of a ban on same-sex marriage, federal judges in North Carolina have ruled Amendment One unconstitutional, allowing same-sex couples to marry across the state.

Equality NC Responds to GOP Intervention in Marriage Equality Cases

Oct 9, 2014

Equality NC Responds to GOP Intervention in Marriage Equality Cases

Equality NC, the state's leading advocacy organization for gay, lesbian , bisexual and transgender North Carolinians, immediately responded today to news Thursday that North Carolina's GOP leadership intend to intervene in the state's impending marriage equality ruling.

STUDY: Extending Marriage Equality to Same-Sex Couples Could Add Over $64 Million to NC Economy

Oct 9, 2014

STUDY: Extending Marriage Equality to Same-Sex Couples Could Add Over $64 Million to NC Economy

Extending marriage to same-sex couples in North Carolina would generate an estimated $64.4 million in spending to the state economy, according to a new study authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar, M.V. Lee Badgett; Williams Gleason Kettel Summer Fellow, Justin M. O’Neill; and Williams Senior Counsel, Christy Mallory.

Stay on N.C.  Amendment One cases lifted, Equality NC prepares for marriage equality ruling

Oct 8, 2014

Stay on N.C. Amendment One cases lifted, Equality NC prepares for marriage equality ruling

A federal judge in Greensboro has lifted stays on two ACLU of North Carolina lawsuits challenging the state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. The ACLU is now quickly filing motions for summary judgement as the state's same-sex couples await a final ruling in favor of marriage equality.

Equality NC, ACLU NC Host Press Conferences on State of Marriage Equality in NC

Oct 7, 2014

Equality NC, ACLU NC Host Press Conferences on State of Marriage Equality in NC

A day after the Supreme Court declined to hear state appeals in support of a ban on same-sex marriage, Equality NC and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina joined same-sex couples in Raleigh and Charlotte seeking the right to marry during joint press conferences encouraging a swift resolution to the freedom to marry in North Carolina.

Equality NC Responds to Supreme Court Decision Opening Door for Marriage Equality in North Carolina

Oct 6, 2014

Equality NC Responds to Supreme Court Decision Opening Door for Marriage Equality in North Carolina

Equality NC responded today to news that the U.S. Supreme Court would deny review of five cases seeking the freedom to marry, leaving in place marriage victories in three federal circuits and opening the door to marriage equality in many parts of the country, including North Carolina.

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