Jul 16, 2014
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.
Jul 9, 2014
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.
Jul 8, 2014
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.
Jun 30, 2014
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.
Jun 26, 2014
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.
Jun 25, 2014
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.
Jun 25, 2014
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."
Jun 24, 2014
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.
Jun 10, 2014
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.
Jun 10, 2014
Equality NC responded today to the North Carolina Republican Party's recently-adopted party platform, removing some anti-LGBT clauses and reasserting others.
Jun 4, 2014
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.
May 28, 2014
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.
May 27, 2014
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.
May 7, 2014
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.
May 6, 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 at over 60 CookOUT for Marriage Equality events.
May 2, 2014
Equality NC and Equality NC Action Fund have announced candidate selections for the 2014 General Election. Check out your pro-equality picks for the polls!
Apr 29, 2014
In collaboration with Time OUT Youth and iNSIDEoUT, Equality NC is proud to launch its #GetEngagedNCYouth campaign for North Carolina young people 20 years old and under.
#GetEngagedNCYouth is a unique advocacy opportunity developed to empower youth to harness the power of their own stories and lived experiences for change.This program will help further develop the tools students and youth already possess and help them channel their passion into effective conversations with leaders of their school boards, local governments, and even elected representatives at the state level.
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.
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