Oct 21, 2014
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.
Oct 17, 2014
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.
Oct 17, 2014
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.
Oct 16, 2014
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.
Oct 15, 2014
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."
Oct 14, 2014
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.
Oct 14, 2014
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.
Oct 12, 2014
Responding to a Sunday article from the Statesville Record & Landmark reporting that Matt McCall, Iredell County’s Register of Deeds, said he is unsure whether the Friday marriage equality ruling applies to his office, Equality NC issued the following statement urging all register of deeds to follow the law.
Oct 12, 2014
Equality NC, the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) North Carolinians, will host events statewide to celebrate the first full day of marriage equality in North Carolina, on Monday, October 13, 2014.
Oct 10, 2014
Days after the Supreme Court declined to hear state appeals in support of a ban on same-sex marriage, federal judges in North Carolina have ruled Amendment One unconstitutional, allowing same-sex couples to marry across the state.
Oct 9, 2014
Equality NC, the state's leading advocacy organization for gay, lesbian , bisexual and transgender North Carolinians, immediately responded today to news Thursday that North Carolina's GOP leadership intend to intervene in the state's impending marriage equality ruling.
Oct 9, 2014
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in North Carolina would generate an estimated $64.4 million in spending to the state economy, according to a new study authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar, M.V. Lee Badgett; Williams Gleason Kettel Summer Fellow, Justin M. O’Neill; and Williams Senior Counsel, Christy Mallory.
Oct 8, 2014
A federal judge in Greensboro has lifted stays on two ACLU of North Carolina lawsuits challenging the state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. The ACLU is now quickly filing motions for summary judgement as the state's same-sex couples await a final ruling in favor of marriage equality.
Oct 7, 2014
A day after the Supreme Court declined to hear state appeals in support of a ban on same-sex marriage, Equality NC and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina joined same-sex couples in Raleigh and Charlotte seeking the right to marry during joint press conferences encouraging a swift resolution to the freedom to marry in North Carolina.
Oct 6, 2014
Equality NC responded today to news that the U.S. Supreme Court would deny review of five cases seeking the freedom to marry, leaving in place marriage victories in three federal circuits and opening the door to marriage equality in many parts of the country, including North Carolina.
Sep 26, 2014
Friday, after the office of U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC-09) denied the Congressman had made outrageous statements comparing the right to smoke on private property with a right to discriminate against LGBT people in the workplace, ThinkProgress released recorded audio of the Congressman’s offensive statements.
Sep 25, 2014
Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), HRC North Carolina, and Equality NC delivered over 30,000 petitions to the Charlotte office of U.S. Representative Robert Pittenger (NC-09). Representatives from HRC, Equality NC, Charlotte Business Guild, Charlotte Black Gay Pride, and Mecklenburg Commissioner Pat Cotham joined community members to deliver the petitions.
Sep 23, 2014
On Thursday, September 25, at 9 a.m., the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality NC will deliver over 30,000 petitions to U.S. Representative Robert Pittenger (NC-09) at his Charlotte District Office. The petitions, signed by nationwide supporters of workplace equality, are meant to send a strong message to the Republican congressman that his fellow Americans, including a large number of North Carolinians and district constituents, will not stand for employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers.
Sep 18, 2014
Equality NC announced today that its national parent organization has officially selected the state of North Carolina for its 2015 summer conference.
Sep 15, 2014
A new poll released on September 15, 2014, from NC-based Elon University Polling found that 45% of North Carolinians now support full marriage equality for same-gender couples (versus 43% against). It is the first time that Elon University Poll has found support for the freedom to marry topping that of opponents.
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