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ENCF Gala Attracts Local and National Leaders for 'Evening of 'Engagement'

Nov 24, 2014

ENCF Gala Attracts Local and National Leaders for 'Evening of 'Engagement'

More than 400 supporters and donors of the Equality NC Foundation gathered in Greensboro on Saturday evening for the statewide organization’s 2014 Equality Gala.

Report Reveals Progress in North Carolina Business Support for LGBT Equality

Nov 19, 2014

Report Reveals Progress in North Carolina Business Support for LGBT Equality

Data released Wednesday from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) finds that a record number of companies, including seven in North Carolina, received perfect scores in corporate inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees (LGBT).

Equality NC Responds to Death of Gay Veteran

Nov 15, 2014

Equality NC Responds to Death of Gay Veteran

Equality NC responded today to the death of a gay veteran from injuries he sustained in a brutal attack last weekend. A suspect in the crime is being held by police after an aggravated assault in the early morning hours of Nov. 9 in a downtown hotel. Police say the attack on the victim, whom the suspect met at a local gay bar, is not being considered a hate crime.

Equality NC Monitoring Brutal Crime in Greensboro

Nov 13, 2014

Equality NC Monitoring Brutal Crime in Greensboro

Equality NC has been carefully monitoring a violent crime committed in Greensboro in the early morning hours of Nov. 9. The victim was reportedly robbed, beaten, and set on fire after meeting his attacker at a local gay bar.

Equality NC Responds to Potential Anti-Marriage Gaston County Resolution

Nov 12, 2014

Equality NC Responds to Potential Anti-Marriage Gaston County Resolution

Equality NC responded today to a Gaston County commissioners' announcement that he plans to propose a resolution opposing marriage equality.

Equality NC Responds to Berger Letter to NC Courts

Nov 11, 2014

Equality NC Responds to Berger Letter to NC Courts

Equality NC responded today to a letter sent by N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger to the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, objecting to the courts' interpretation and defense of state marriage laws which allow same-sex couples to marry.

Equality NC Responds to Berger Letter to NC courts

Nov 10, 2014

Equality NC Responds to Berger Letter to NC courts

Equality NC responded today to a letter sent by N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger to the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, objecting to the courts' interpretation and defense of state marriage laws which allow same-sex couples to marry.

North Carolina Announces New Tax Status for Married Same-Sex Couples

Oct 31, 2014

North Carolina Announces New Tax Status for Married Same-Sex Couples

This week, the North Carolina Department of Revenue released a new directive on tax filing status for legally-married same sex couples living in North Carolina. According to the directive released on October 24, North Carolina now recognizes same-sex marriage for the purposes of state income tax filings.

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.

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