Friday, March 23, 2012 - 1:26am

I've been to DC a few times now. But it's always been so busy that I haven't been able to see the sights as an adult. Today the training I was at let out early. And seeing these sights was a very uplifting experience for me. I thought I would share that since we need some uplifting in NC these days.

Washington DC
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 10:56pm

The Meck Deck, an official blog of the Art Pope-funded conservative John Locke Foundation, this week published racially-charged and homophobic imagery of President Obama in a piece this week on the president's opposition to North Carolina's proposed anti-gay marriage amendment. The post, which claims Obama is merely pandering to gay voters, is accompanied by an image of Obama in apparent drag while sitting next to a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

I'm just re-posting what the Institute for Southern Studies had to say about it, because it's much politer than anything I can think to say at the moment. This is way messed up though. On so many levels. This is not okay.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 12:42am

This week's Marriage New Watch covers the recent anti-amendment march in Raleigh, President Obama coming out against the amendment, and points out that we're down to the wire. Early voting starts in just a month.

All of Us NC has a few workshops on opposite ends of the state this weekend, the Vote Against photo shoot is still doing their thing, and Protect NC Families has a list of events as well. But at this point, it's time to come up with your own plan. When and where will you be voting? Who will you be taking to the polls?

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 5:45pm

The Obama campaign issued a statement Friday, calling the proposed amendment discriminatory.

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...

From Tea Party supported Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers to President Obama, the bipartisan opposition to the amendment is growing! And every time it does, that's one more mention in the news about why this amendment is such a bad thing for our state. Spread the news, and ask your local elected officials to come out against the amendment too! With this diverse of a field against it, they've got all the political cover they could ever need to do the right thing.

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.

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."

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!

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:

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!

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. 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.