Apr 28, 2014
Equality NC responded today to this morning's federal challenge to Amendment One filed in the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of the United Church of Christ (UCC) as a national denomination and clergy from across faith traditions and same-sex couples. The case, General Synod of the United Church of Christ vs. Cooper, challenges the constitutionality of marriage laws in North Carolina - including Amendment One - that ban marriage between same-sex couples and make it illegal for clergy to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples within their congregations.
Apr 28, 2014
This morning a federal challenge to Amendment One was filed in the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of the United Church of Christ (UCC) as a national denomination and clergy from across faith traditions and same-sex couples. The case challenges the constitutionality of marriage laws in North Carolina - including Amendment One - that ban marriage between same-sex couples and make it illegal for clergy to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples within their congregations.
Apr 24, 2014
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 to CookOUT for Marriage Equality with friends, families, and their communities to celebrate their marriages and tens of thousands of other same-sex couples that North Carolina refuses to recognize.
Apr 22, 2014
Raleigh-based Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization today launched the group’s regional affiliates in Hickory and Wilmington. Equality NC’s first-ever regional affiliates, Cape Fear Equality (Wilmington) and Equality Foothills (Hickory) will spearhead important local cultural work and civic engagement in the organization’s overall efforts to improve the lives of LGBT communities in eastern and western North Carolina.
Apr 17, 2014
Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization will file an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Bostic v. Rainey. Bostic is a case which could decide the issue of marriage equality in several Southern states, including North Carolina.
Apr 17, 2014
Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, responded today to decisions by officials at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, to deny in-state tuition to the same-gender spouses of active duty service members despite federal law that requires them to do so.
Apr 14, 2014
Equality NC, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization will host a press conference and rally on Tax Day, Tuesday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m., in Raleigh (Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough, St. Raleigh, NC, 27605) to protest a new state tax policy targeting same-sex couples.
Apr 10, 2014
Openly-gay Charlotte business leader Billy Maddalon has announced he will seek the N.C. Senate District 37 vacated by outgoing Senator and new Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter.
Apr 9, 2014
Today the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) and the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Ellis & Winters LLP filed a new case in federal court today on behalf of three married, same-sex couples seeking state recognition of their marriages. Because of the serious medical condition of one member of each couple, they are asking the court to take swift action.
Apr 8, 2014
Equality NC announced today that Crystal Richardson will join Equality NC's team as an organizer dedicated to a first-of-its-kind partnership with the NAACP. The experienced advocate for pro-equality issues will be leading Equality NC's efforts during the NAACP's Freedom Moral Summer campaign.
Apr 3, 2014
Officials with Central Piedmont Community College released a statement today saying they are investigating an alleged incident of discrimination against a transgender student. The college, the statement reads, wants an “amicable resolution” with the student and is also examining its policies and procedures with LGBT organizations, including Equality NC.
Mar 31, 2014
North Carolina's married, same-sex couple deserve to be recognized as married for *all* purposes and all days of the year, including Tax Day. Unfortunately, thanks to new, inequitable tax policies, married, same-sex couples must report that they are not married on the day they file their state taxes. In essence, they're married only 364 days a year. It's time fight back.
Mar 27, 2014
This week, State Farm agent Pam Herndon secured multi-auto insurance for married, same-sex couples living in North Carolina. This is no small victory.
In doing so, Ms. Herndon has ensured that not only can legally-married, same-sex couples living in North Carolina have the same State Farm insurance rates enjoyed by other married couples, but also that ALL married, same-sex couples living in states like ours, which bar marriage equality, can have access to this more economical State Farm coverage as well.
Mar 17, 2014
Equality NC will convene vocal and visible North Carolina business leaders who support employment protections for gay and transgender workers to become part of an unprecedented business coalition designed to increase support for statewide workplace protection policies. Learn more.
Mar 17, 2014
Equality NC is convening vocal and visible North Carolina local business leaders who support protections for gay and transgender workers to become part of an unprecedented small business coalition designed to increase support for statewide workplace protection policies.
Mar 10, 2014
Equality NC Foundation rounded out its statewide #GetEngagedNC campaign on March 8 with Saturday's Eastern Regional event in Greensboro focused on reengaging coastal community activists to move the region and state forward on issues of equality.
Mar 6, 2014
JUST ADDED! Don't miss your chance to be a part of the event series that everyone's talking about! Help the Triangle #GetEngagedNC - join us in Raleigh on April 2.
Mar 3, 2014
Equality NC Foundation continued its #GetEngagedNC campaign on March 1 with Saturday's Piedmont Regional event in Greensboro focused on reengaging Triangle, Triad and Charlotte area community activists to move the state forward on issues of equality.
Feb 24, 2014
Equality NC, Freedom to Marry, and 12 other Southern statewide and regional organizations today launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South. The new effort, called Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, will include significant field and media work over the next year in partnership with supportive organizations across the region.
Feb 23, 2014
Equality NC Foundation launched its #GetEngagedNC campaign this weekend with Saturday's Western Regional event in Boone focused on empowering community activists to move the state forward on issues of equality.
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