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Aug 26, 2014

Families Deliver Thousands of Messages to McCrory: Stop Defending Marriage Ban

Raleigh, N.C. (August 26, 2014) – On Wednesday, August 27, at 9 a.m., same-sex couples and families throughout the state of North Carolina will deliver thousands of petitions to Governor Pat McCrory urging him to stop defending the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Impacted families will lead petition deliveries at the N.C. State Capitol (1. E. Edenton St., Raleigh, N.C.), as well as the governor's regional offices in Charlotte, N.C. (600 E. Fourth St.) and the Asheville area (WNC Agricultural Center, across from the Asheville Regional Airport, Gate 5, Virginia Boone Building, 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd., Fletcher, N.C.) Families, supporters, validators and media are encouraged to meet at each location at 8:45 a.m.

The over 10,600 petitions, culled by Equality NC, North Carolina’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, acknowledge the recent federal ruling in favor of marriage equality by the U.S. Court of Appeals of the 4th Circuit, of which North Carolina is part, and ask the governor to stand with pro-equality North Carolinians and “on the right side of history,” by dropping the defense of North Carolina’s own ban on the freedom to marry, better known as Amendment One.

Full petition language can be found at: http://equalitync.org/marriage/signon.

In preparation for the delivery, Chris Sgro, Equality NC’s executive director, echoed the sentiments of many North Carolinians who have signed the petitions in the past two weeks.

“Now more than ever, it’s time for our state leaders to stop defending North Carolina’s discriminatory marriage ban,” said Sgro. “On August 27, we are proud to deliver this important message alongside families from all across the state who are demanding Gov. McCrory not waste one taxpayer dollar defending what is now an unconstitutional and indefensible law. In doing so, we join them in asking that our elected officials not only stand with their constituents, but also help North Carolina stand on the right side of history.”

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