Apr 28, 2015
Nearly two-thirds of North Carolina registered voters don’t think businesses should be able to refuse services to people who are gay or lesbian, regardless of a business owner’s religious beliefs, according to the latest Elon University Poll.
Apr 28, 2015
Equality NC joined 22 fellow pro-equality organizations from across the country in signing on to an Amicus Curiae (“friend of the court”) brief filed today by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in the marriage equality cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Apr 27, 2015
Equality NC reacted to today's U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments surrounding cases from four states–Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee–on the issue of marriage equality. Today's historic testimony sets the stage for the nation's highest court to provide a national resolution on the question of same-sex couples' fundamental freedom to marry in all 50 states.
Apr 23, 2015
Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, issued the following statement today after North Carolina's House leadership announced that the state's so-called 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (or RFRA) would no longer be considered in the General Assembly's 2015-2016 session.
Apr 22, 2015
As the U.S. Senate considered amendments today on the anti-human trafficking bill, Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis voted in favor of allowing homeless and runaway youth who identify as LGBT to be discriminated against.
Apr 16, 2015
On Monday, April 20, at 9 a.m., Equality NC will join coalition partners in Raleigh and Charlotte to deliver thousands of petitions to N.C. Governor Pat McCrory’s offices urging him to veto two so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (or RFRA) bills currently being considered in both chambers of the N.C. General Assembly.
Apr 9, 2015
Equality NC today condemned a lawsuit filed this week by two former North Carolina magistrates who are suing court officials in an effort to be reinstated and the right to opt out of their responsibility to marry same-sex couples.
Apr 8, 2015
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.
Apr 7, 2015
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.
Apr 2, 2015
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.
Mar 31, 2015
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.
Mar 30, 2015
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.
Mar 26, 2015
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.
Mar 26, 2015
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.
Mar 26, 2015
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.
Mar 26, 2015
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.
Mar 24, 2015
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.
Mar 2, 2015
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.
Mar 2, 2015
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.
Feb 25, 2015
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.”
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