It’s an honor to be among Equality NC’s 2012 Equality Champion Award winners…

By: Monday October 22, 2012 2:53 pm

In many ways, receiving “the phone call” about this wonderful honor from the beyond-energetic Director of Development at Equality NC, Kay Flaminio, was not only surprising (so many people put blood, sweat, tears and $ into the battle, so why do I deserve the nod?), but it was a reminder of the deep, dark funk I was in for months after the hate amendment was voted into our state Constitution. It not only banned same-sex couples from marrying, it prevented any legal recognition of our relationships. I just wanted to put the memory of all that work away.


North Carolinian Walking 80 Miles to State House to Deliver Amendment One Protest Letter

By: Monday June 4, 2012 1:45 pm

Randy Gillis, who has this video up on his site, will walk the 80 miles from his home in Sophia to the State House in Raleigh to deliver a letter to state NC Sen. Peter Brunstetter (R) protesting Amendment One and stories from other North Carolinians. You can see his video here.

Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt: Why You Shouldn’t Boycott North Carolina

By: Saturday May 26, 2012 7:00 pm

The Mayor of Chapel Hill, Mark Kleinschmidt (who is openly gay), was confident that his town would turn back Amendment One on May 8. It did, by a whopping 86 percent to 14 percent, but he watched as we all did here as county after rural county results came in, with more voters turning out on the side of bigotry and ignorance that evening. Many called for a boycott of the state as a result of the 21 point defeat at the polls.

WE DO Campaign Strikes Back Against Amendment One – Lesbian Seeking Marriage License Arrested

By: Friday May 11, 2012 5:14 pm

As I mentioned yesterday, the Campaign for Southern Equality’s WE DO Campaign, peaceful direct actions protesting marriage inequality, launched its latest series of events at county offices in North Carolina in the wake of the passage of Amendment One.

Robbed of the Ability to Celebrate the President’s Statement on Marriage Equality

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 11:41 am

For those of us in NC still smarting, we really do seek some of the joy from yesterday’s announcement by the President. We have to get the enthusiasm back and continue our work for equality. I do know that it will come. Just not right now.

North Carolina’s Amendment One: Where Do I Begin?

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 6:00 am

I’m sitting here thinking about all of the blood, sweat and tears poured into this battle to defeat Amendment One here in NC. It looks like is NC had the highest turnout for a primary here in a quarter century — 37%. Only 18% were expected to vote.

But the forces of bigotry won this round.

You Don’t Need a Miracle, Believe that Anything is Possible – and Make Sure Your Vote Counts

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 2:10 pm

The latest PPP polling in NC (May 5-6) still favors passage of Amendment One (full crosstabs) — the conundrum remains: if voters know the scope of the amendment’s harms, they would vote against it, but many aren’t sure about what the language means: Opponents of the amendment had an uphill battle in convincing voters that [...]

Who’s On the Record Against Amendment One? Lots of People – Here’s a Guide

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 10:15 am

Don’t know who’s standing up to defeat Amendment One in North Carolina. Here’s a handy list from Progress NC of North Carolina leaders and citizens who have spoken out against the initiative.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber’s Closing Argument: the Constitution Should Be Used to Expand Rights, Not Decrease Them

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 6:01 am

If the words of the North Carolina NAACP’s Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, shown on the Larry O’Donnell show last night, are heeded by voters today, Amendment One will fall. If people vote because of their fears of disdain for a minority — because this doesn’t “protect marriage” from anything — they are deciding to remove rights already granted to some North Carolina citizens in the form of domestic partnerships, and eliminate the possibility of civil unions for committed couples. Reverend Barber breaks it all down — this has NOTHING to do with religious beliefs on same-sex unions.

NC House Majority Leader Skip Stam Admits National Hate Group Wrote Amendment One

By: Monday May 7, 2012 7:15 pm

Like a cockroach scurrying for cover when the light goes on, House Majority Leader Skip Stam (R), seeing the moral bankruptcy that he has wrought with Amendment One on the ballot, tries to tell the Fayetteville Observer that he actually wanted a kinder, gentler (presumably only anti-gay) ballot initiative, but that he was pressured by a national hate group to use the language people will see at the polls.

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