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Attorney General Cooper: I'd Veto RFRA

Apr 8, 2015

Attorney General Cooper: I'd Veto RFRA

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper told the Associated Press on Wednesday he rejects a proposal allowing public officials to cite religion for declining to serve same-sex couples and would veto two RFRA bills circulating in the N.C. General Assembly. Cooper is preparing a run for governor in 2016.

(POLL) Majority of NC Opposes RFRA Discrimination

Apr 7, 2015

(POLL) Majority of NC Opposes RFRA Discrimination

A new poll released on April 6, 2015, from NC-based Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that the majority of North Carolinians (56%) think business owners should not be allowed to refuse service to gay customers, compared to just 31 percent who think they should be able to. The North Carolina General Assembly is currently considering two bills that would allow that type of discrimination by the business community against LGBT North Carolinians.

NC House Introduces Bill to Protect LGBT Workers

Apr 2, 2015

NC House Introduces Bill to Protect LGBT Workers

Primary Sponsors Representatives Paul Luebke, (D-Durham), Tricia Cotham (D-Mecklenburg), Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), and Shelly Willingham (D-Edgecombe, Martin) introduced House Bill 443, "Nondiscrimination in Public Employment" this week, alongside a host of other legislative sponsors in a companion bill to SB612 that would provide much-needed protections for North Carolina's LGBT workers.

N.C. House Speaker Moore: RFRA Bill to Be Scrutinized

Mar 31, 2015

N.C. House Speaker Moore: RFRA Bill to Be Scrutinized

House Speaker Tim Moore responded Tuesday to a GOP bill designed to refuse services based on religious beliefs, saying the bill would be scrutinized and reiterating "The last thing that we need to do is to rush into anything." Equality NC responded to the Speaker's comments by calling for North Carolinians to encourage more legislative leaders to oppose this discriminatory bill.

McCrory Blasts State's RFRA Bills, Equality NC Responds

Mar 30, 2015

McCrory Blasts State's RFRA Bills, Equality NC Responds

N.C. Governor Pat McCrory Monday said GOP bill designed to refuse services based on religious beliefs "makes no sense." Equality NC responded to the governor's comments by calling for North Carolinians to encourage more leaders to oppose these discriminatory bills.

NC Senators Introduce Bill to Protect LGBT Workers

Mar 26, 2015

NC Senators Introduce Bill to Protect LGBT Workers

Senators Erica Smith-Ingram (D-Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Tyrrell, Washington) and Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) introduced Senate Bill 612, "Nondiscrimination in State Employment" on Thursday, providing much-needed protections for North Carolina's LGBT workers.

Equality NC Condemns N.C. Senate Version of "North Carolina Religious Freedom Restoration Act"

Mar 26, 2015

Equality NC Condemns N.C. Senate Version of "North Carolina Religious Freedom Restoration Act"

Equality NC today condemned the N.C. Senate's version of a so-called "religious freedom" bill, filed in the N.C. House on Tuesday, that could sanction promote discrimination against North Carolina's LGBT population.

NC's NAACP Leader Headlines LGBTQ Media Confab

Mar 26, 2015

NC's NAACP Leader Headlines LGBTQ Media Confab

North Carolina's NAACP Chair Rev. Dr. William Barber took centerstage as LGBTQ media professionals gathered in Philadelphia on March 13-14, to look forward to issues post-marriage-equality and inward to their reporting of them.

Replacements, Ltd. Founder and CEO Bob Page Weds Longtime Partner

Mar 26, 2015

Replacements, Ltd. Founder and CEO Bob Page Weds Longtime Partner

Following a decades-long fight for marriage equality, Replacements, Ltd. Founder and CEO Bob Page married his longtime partner Dale Frederiksen last night in a private family ceremony at Replacements, Ltd. Equality NC congratulates these ardent supporters of Equality.

Equality NC Condemns N.C. House Proposed "North Carolina Religious Freedom Restoration Act"

Mar 24, 2015

Equality NC Condemns N.C. House Proposed "North Carolina Religious Freedom Restoration Act"

Equality NC today condemned a so-called "religious freedom" bill from the N.C. House that could sanction promote discrimination against North Carolina's LGBT population.

Charlotte Non-Discrimination Ordinance Coalition condemns City Council rejection of LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections

Mar 2, 2015

Charlotte Non-Discrimination Ordinance Coalition condemns City Council rejection of LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections

The Charlotte Non-Discrimination Ordinance Coalition is condemning Charlotte City Council’s decision on Monday to reject amendments to local non-discrimination ordinances. The measures would have added sexual orientation and gender identity, among other characteristics, to already protected classes in four city non-discrimination ordinances. Their action repeats a similar rejection of inclusive non-discrimination protections made by Council in November 1992.

Equality NC, Charlotte Non-Discrimination Ordinance Coalition seeks passage of LGBT non-discrimination protections

Mar 2, 2015

Equality NC, Charlotte Non-Discrimination Ordinance Coalition seeks passage of LGBT non-discrimination protections

The Charlotte Non-Discrimination Ordinance Coalition (CNDOC), consisting of local, state, and national organizations, including Equality NC, is calling on North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte, N.C., to update its non-discrimination ordinances to protect gay, transgender, and other citizens, from arbitrary discrimination in public accommodations and other city services.

Equality NC on Senate Passage of Religious Refusal Bill: "Job Protections Should Apply to All."

Feb 25, 2015

Equality NC on Senate Passage of Religious Refusal Bill: "Job Protections Should Apply to All."

Equality NC responded today to the N.C. Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 2, a first-of-its-kind religious refusal bill exempting certain public officials from issuing marriage licenses without fear of losing their jobs, if doing so “would violate their core religious beliefs.”

State Senate Committee Passes Anti-LGBT Religious Refusal Bill

Feb 24, 2015

State Senate Committee Passes Anti-LGBT Religious Refusal Bill

Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, was present today as a state Senate committee approved a bill that would allow magistrates and registers of deeds to opt out of providing legal marriage services or issuing marriage licenses. The legislation is likely to head to a full hearing on the Senate floor today.

Equality NC Condemns Magistrates Lawsuit

Feb 11, 2015

Equality NC Condemns Magistrates Lawsuit

Equality NC today condemned a lawsuit filed this week by two North Carolina magistrates who are suing court officials in an effort to opt out of their responsibility to marry same-sex couples.

Jacob Tobia to Headline Equality NC Foundation's 2015 AdvaNCe Equality Conference

Feb 3, 2015

Jacob Tobia to Headline Equality NC Foundation's 2015 AdvaNCe Equality Conference

Equality NC Foundation announced today that Jacob Tobia, a prolific advocate, writer, and speaker committed to justice for gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and transgender people, would headline the organization's 2015 AdvaNCe Equality conference, coming up Saturday, March 21, in Durham, N.C.

Equality NC Condemns Proposed "Religious Refusal" Legislation

Jan 28, 2015

Equality NC Condemns Proposed "Religious Refusal" Legislation

Equality NC today condemned so-called "religious freedom" legislation that would sanction and promote discrimination against North Carolina's LGBT population.

Equality NC to Launch Multistate "Equality Means Business" Campaign

Jan 26, 2015

Equality NC to Launch Multistate "Equality Means Business" Campaign

On Thursday, January 29, 2015, statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization Equality NC will launch “Equality Means Business,” a coordinated, multistate campaign with SC Equality (South Carolina), and Equality VA (Virginia), designed to showcase businesses working for LGBT equality.

#DiscriminationExists: Equality NC Joins National Campaign to Update State Nondiscrimination Laws

Jan 26, 2015

#DiscriminationExists: Equality NC Joins National Campaign to Update State Nondiscrimination Laws

Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, responded today to news that the U.S. Supreme Court would take up litigation seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples in four states, setting up the path for a historic nationwide ruling on the issue by the middle of this year.

Equality NC Calls Supreme Court Decision to Hear Marriage Cases "A Historic and Important Milestone"

Jan 16, 2015

Equality NC Calls Supreme Court Decision to Hear Marriage Cases "A Historic and Important Milestone"

Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, responded today to news that the U.S. Supreme Court would take up litigation seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples in four states, setting up the path for a historic nationwide ruling on the issue by the middle of this year.

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