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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Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 2:54pm

I am just back from HKonJ 6. I wanted to create a place with this blog entry for people to share their experiences and photos from the march and rally. For me, it was a great event. It was really empowering to see so many people supporting equality, voting rights, raising awareness about HAVA, and social justice. I saw old friends, made new contacts, and even saw Rep. Miller there as well. What was your experience with this, or past HKonJs?

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 2:55pm

Washington already has doled out the money, with $4 million sitting in a North Carolina account. But to access this care package, the state has to put up $660,000 of its own. A no-brainer?

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/02/08/1837744/hot-but-smooth.html#story...

A no-brainer? Sure seems like it.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 2:45am

Have you heard about Organize North Carolina? It's a website designed to help progressives coordinate. In much the same way Blue NC brings us together for important discussions, this site brings us together to create one master calendar we can all share. More about this site, and this week's Marriage News Watch below the fold.

http://www.organizenorthcarolina.org/code/calendar.html

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Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 1:48am

The North Carolina Democratic Party recently voted to oppose the marriage discrimination amendment, and form the NC LGBT Democratic Caucus. That got me thinking and wondering about where other parties and movements stand, and where support for equality is coming from. Here is what I found. Feel free to add to it.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 1:02am

This week's video looks at the progress of marriage equality around the country, discusses what Governor Perdue's decision could mean in North Carolina for the amendment, and discusses an elderly North Carolinian couple who were willing to get arrested for equality. They got arrested for equality. Will you attend a march?

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