Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 5:48pm

Kudos to WRAL and Laura Leslie for this deeper coverage of the rally today. A lot of stations went for a more "fair and balanced" oversimplification approach pitting it as a pro-marriage equality versus anti-marriage equality story, without digging into the effects of the amendment at all.

http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/story/10858711/

Opponents of the measure say it would enshrine discrimination in the state's constitution and could have unforeseen consequences in other aspects of law including domestic violence protection orders, which supporters deny.

"It's really simple: This isn't about being gay or being straight. This is about being equal," march organizer Corey Livengood said. "I'm not different than you or your daughter or your son or your brother or your mother in that I deserve the same rights anyone else does."

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 1:29pm

This Ides of Love march will probably be the single largest anti-amendment event that happens during this campaign season. It's starting at the bell tower on NCSU's campus at 11am on Thursday 3/15/12. People are coming from across the state. Nearly 1000 people have RSVPed on facebook. And early voting is only a month away.

We need this march to be big because we need the free media coverage, we need to register more voters, and above all we need to make sure everyone knows they are not alone in this uphill struggle against discrimination. I need you to be there.

Updated: Over 1000 people have now RSVPed. Great job Honest NC!

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Friday, March 9, 2012 - 2:27pm

This multi-organization tour traveling the state to highlight important issues and concerning actions being taken by the General Assembly came to Greenville last night. The Daily Reflector's Ginger Livingston has the story. And the federally provided HAVA funds are a part of that story:

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 9:37pm

Race to the Ballot, which started in western NC, has their finale event in Wilmington on Friday.

All of Us NC is having their big eastern NC "train-the-trainers" workshop, which will hopefully spur many more workshops in NC, in Wilmington on Saturday.

Honest NC is doing their anti-amendment Ides of Love march in Raleigh on on 3/15/12.

Early voting for this amendment starts in about a month and a half. It's time to get involved if you're going to!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 10:11pm

To quote Senator Kay Hagan from an article on The Advocate's website today:

Amendment One has far-reaching negative consequences for our families, our children and our communities. ...as a proud daughter of North Carolina, I urge all North Carolinians to join me in opposing it.

To quote Clarke Cooper from Equality NC's website discussing Tea Party supported Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers' statement on the amendment:

"Representative Renee Ellmers is speaking for many North Carolina Republicans when she says that you don't have to support marriage equality to know this constitutional amendment is wrong."

There are other Republican, Democratic, Green Party, Unaffiliated folks, and Libertarians from NC who I could list with this ever-growing chorus of bipartisan opposition, but I think these examples powerfully demonstrate why this amendment can be defeated.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 3:33pm

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If anyone is wondering whether going to marches and rallies makes a difference, I think this week gives you your answer. The rally this week made all the local news stations in a pretty big way, and HKonJ is getting some national attention. This is how you shape the debate!

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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 1:24pm

I'm happy to see awareness of the HAVA (Help America Vote Act) funds on the rise. Check out this letter to the editor by Surry Everett in the Washington Daily News, and then consider writing your own.

The right to vote is at the core of what makes us American, and the product of the enduring vision and sacrifice of many who came before us.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 2:21pm

This article by Damon Circosta strikes the nail on the head with this car maintenance metaphor, and the need for HAVA funds to be released.

We do it, not because it is fun, but to avert disaster. A little attention beforehand keeps us from breaking down and helps prevent costly repairs in the long run.

For policymakers, funding the administration of elections is a lot like paying for oil changes.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 6:14pm

In case you haven't heard, there is going to be a rally in Raleigh on Thursday Feb 16th at 11 AM in front of the General Assembly at 16 W. Jones Street as they come into their February session.

I've heard from different people a number of different reasons why they are going. Some will be there to protest. Some will be there to speak out against the amendment. Some will be there as watchdogs to let the General Assembly know that midnight sessions and other such behavior is unacceptable and incompatible with open and transparent public service.

For me, I see this as a chance to follow up with all the positive messages I heard at HKonJ, while the General Assembly is actually town. There was a lot of creativity and positivity with chants, songs, shirts, and signs at HKonJ, and I think they should get more than one use.

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