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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.

Charter School Amendment Passes House With Potential Protections for LGBT Students

Jun 26, 2014

Charter School Amendment Passes House With Potential Protections for LGBT Students

North Carolina's only openly-gay legislator, Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford) today resubmitted a previously tabled amendment to Senate Bill 793, Charter School Modifications earlier proposed by Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe) barring charter schools from discriminating against students on the basis of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." While his amendment was tabled, it prompted a second amendment proffered by Rep. Nathan Ramsey (R-Buncombe) which passed 115-9, without enumerated classifications, but could nevertheless provide added protections for gay and transgender charter school students.

LANDMARK VICTORY: 10th Circuit Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

Jun 25, 2014

LANDMARK VICTORY: 10th Circuit Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

Today the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled in favor of same-sex couples’ freedom to marry, upholding a marriage ruling out of Utah in December. It is the first ruling by a federal appellate court since last year's victory in the Supreme Court and, unless reversed, will pave the way for the freedom to marry throughout the 10th Circuit, including in Colorado, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Kansas.

Equality NC Demands GOP Response to Pro Tem's Anti-LGBT Comments

Jun 25, 2014

Equality NC Demands GOP Response to Pro Tem's Anti-LGBT Comments

Equality NC is calling on Republican leaders House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Leader Phil Berger to clarify their positions on LGBT issues after inflammatory remarks on the House floor debate Tuesday by Speaker Pro Tem "Skip" Stam. Equality NC executive director asked the GOP leaders "whether Rep. Stam speaks for himself or his caucus, or if they have a position more in touch with the values of our state."

Equality NC Responds to Proposed LGBT Protections, Anti-LGBT Rhetoric on N.C. House Floor

Jun 24, 2014

Equality NC Responds to Proposed LGBT Protections, Anti-LGBT Rhetoric on N.C. House Floor

Today, Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe) introduced an amendment to pending charter school legislation (SB793) that would prohibit a state-funded charter school from discriminating against students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The proposal was followed by anti-LGBT rhetoric by N.C. Republican leader, Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam.

Equality NC Hosts Hundreds at the N.C. Legislature

Jun 10, 2014

Equality NC Hosts Hundreds at the N.C. Legislature

Over the past week, Equality NC has hosted hundreds of activists -- from their early teens to their late eighties -- at the North Carolina General Assembly to advocate for LGBT equality in the state they call home.

Equality NC Responds to New N.C. Republican Platform

Jun 10, 2014

Equality NC Responds to New N.C. Republican Platform

Equality NC responded today to the North Carolina Republican Party's recently-adopted party platform, removing some anti-LGBT clauses and reasserting others.

Equality NC Joins USDA's #RuralPride Campaign

Jun 4, 2014

Equality NC Joins USDA's #RuralPride Campaign

Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, will join the USDA in Greensboro on Friday, June 6, to kick-off its LGBT Rural Summit Series and the #RuralPride Campaign.

UNC System to Offer In-state Tuition to Gay & Lesbian Military Spouses

May 28, 2014

UNC System to Offer In-state Tuition to Gay & Lesbian Military Spouses

Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, responded today to news that the University of North Carolina system has decided to follow federal law and grant in-state tuition to same-sex spouses of U.S. military personnel.

Legal Challenges to N.C. Marriage Ban to Be Discussed at Two Charlotte Events

May 27, 2014

Legal Challenges to N.C. Marriage Ban to Be Discussed at Two Charlotte Events

Equality NC will join organizations and individuals who have filed federal court challenges to North Carolina’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples to discuss the cases and their plans to secure the freedom to marry for all loving couples in North Carolina at two separate panel discussions in Charlotte on Thursday, May 29. Both are open to media.

Equality NC Responds to 2014 Primary Election Results

May 7, 2014

Equality NC Responds to 2014 Primary Election Results

Equality NC responded today to last night's 2014 primary election results, including news that two openly gay candidates vying for office in the General Assembly lost in their respective primaries, guaranteeing lack of representation for LGBT citizens in the state legislature.

Over 60 CookOUT for Marriage Equality Events Slated for North Carolina

May 6, 2014

Over 60 CookOUT for Marriage Equality Events Slated for North Carolina

During a 10-day period in May, beginning on the second anniversary of the passage of Amendment One, North Carolina’s 2012 constitutional ban on the freedom to marry (May 8), and ending following the close of oral arguments in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals case of Bostic vs. Schaefer, a case that could help topple Amendment One and marriage equality bans in several southern states (May 18), same-sex couples will be gathering throughout North Carolina at over 60 CookOUT for Marriage Equality events.

ENC's 2014 Primary Voter Guide

May 2, 2014

ENC's 2014 Primary Voter Guide

Equality NC Action Fund, Equality NC's political action committee (PAC), is proud to announce our endorsements for the 2014 primary election, May 6, 2014. For the 2014 election cycle, Equality NC Action Fund evaluated candidates using multiple factors, including responses to an LGBT issue-based questionnaire, candidate interviews, public position statements and past voting records.

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