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Jun 26, 2015

Equality NC Responds to Historic Marriage Ruling

North Carolina's largest LGBT advocacy organization calls decision “an enormous victory”

Jun 18, 2015

Equality NC to Gather With Charlotte Community, Partners for Decision Day

Equality NC will gather for Decision Day, a public event with community leaders, same-sex couples and allies, partner organizations, and elected officials in Charlotte, N.C., at 6 p.m., on the day of an expected June Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell vs. Hodges, a case that could bring a national resolution to the issue of marriage equality.

Jun 18, 2015

Equality NC Responds to Charleston Shooting

Equality NC responded today to Wednesday night's Charleston church shooting that left nine African-American parishioners dead.

Jun 18, 2015

Equality NC to Gather With Triangle Community, Partners for Decision Day

Equality NC will gather for Decision Day, a public event with community leaders, same-sex couples and allies, partner organizations, and elected officials in Durham, N.C., at 6 p.m., on the day of an expected June Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell vs. Hodges, a case that could bring a national resolution to the issue of marriage equality.

Jun 17, 2015

Equality NC Responds to Efland School Resignations

Equality NC responded today to this week's resignations of an Efland, North Carolina teacher and assistant principal for presenting affirming images of a gay couple to students. "In the wake of these resignations, we believe it is vital in the coming days for Orange County school leaders to take affirmative steps to ensure that LGBT students attending Efland-Cheek Elementary and their allies, feel safe, supported and heard."

Jun 15, 2015

LGBT Advocates Respond to Transphobic G105 Radio Segment

In a joint letter sent to G105 today, LGBT advocates representing Equality NC and the LGBT Center of Raleigh admonished a broadcast of G105's Bob and the Showgram "American Idiots" program seen as targeting the transgender community. The segment featured blatantly transphobic language directed at Caitlyn Jenner and the transgender community, including requests that listeners submit transphobic songs about Jenner's gender identity and transition.

Jun 15, 2015

Leading SB2 Proponent Reveals True Motives Behind Law

More evidence emerged last week that North Carolina’s new religious refusal law, allowing public officials to decline to perform certain marriage-related services, specifically targets the very relationships of the state's same-sex couples. Tami Fitzgerald, a leading proponent of Senate Bill 2, told WRAL on Friday that the measure is justified because a same-sex relationship “by its very nature and design is not right.”

Jun 11, 2015

N.C. House Overrides Veto, Enacts Anti-LGBT SB2

Equality NC responded today to the North Carolina House’s vote to override Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2, the Magistrates Recusal bill. With the House's vote, 69-41, the bill, which now becomes law, excuses North Carolina magistrates and other public officials to perform marriage services for couples with whom they do not agree.

Jun 8, 2015

Majority of North Carolina Registers of Deeds Oppose Senate Bill 2

The majority of Registers of Deeds from across the state have an unfavorable opinion of Senate Bill 2, according to a survey released today. This is the first such survey of the officials whose offices issue marriage licenses and who would therefore be required to implement Senate Bill 2.

Jun 5, 2015

POLL: NC Support for Marriage Equality Reaches Record High, Equality NC Responds

A new poll released June 5 from NC-based Public Policy Polling has found record high support for same-sex marriage, 8 months after it became legal in the state. Voters are now almost evenly divided on the issue.

Jun 1, 2015

N.C. Senate Overrides Governor McCrory’s SB2 Veto

Equality NC responded tonight to the N.C. Senate’s vote to override Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2, the magistrates recusal bill. The governor vetoed the bill Friday morning, following a statement released by his office on Thursday afternoon that no public official should be discharged from their solemn oath.

May 29, 2015

McCrory Vetoes Discriminatory SB2

Gov. Pat McCrory has formally vetoed Senate Bill 2, the magistrates recusal bill. The legislation, would exempt certain public officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and others. The veto will now head back to the legislature for approval.

May 28, 2015

Equality NC Applauds Governor's Promised Veto of SB2

Equality NC responded today to statements from Gov. Pat McCrory confirming his intention to veto Senate Bill 2, the magistrates recusal bill. The legislation, which has now passed through both legislative chambers, would exempt certain public officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and others.

May 28, 2015

Equality NC Condemns House Passage of Magistrates Refusal Bill, Asks Governor to Veto

Equality NC today condemned the passage of a first-of-its-kind magistrates 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.”

May 4, 2015

Equality NC Hosts Day of Action at N.C. General Assembly

Equality NC, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, will host nearly 100 pro-equality North Carolinians at the N.C. General Assembly for the organization's 2015 Day of Action.

Apr 28, 2015

(ELON POLL) Vast Majority of NC Opposes RFRA

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 23, 2015

Equality NC Responds to Lawmakers' Decision to Stop NC's RFRA Bills

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 16, 2015

Equality NC to Deliver Thousands of Messages to Gov. McCrory: Veto RFRA in North Carolina

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 Condemns Former Magistrates Lawsuit

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

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.

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