Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 9:27am

Note to North Carolina elected officials and its tourism industry - this question is for you as well. Hit me up with your best case explaining why my birthday should be celebrated here on Facebook or pam at firedoglake dot com and I'll be happy to share your perspective with readers.


It's a relevant question that I'd like to hear your thoughts on because many thoughtful people here in North Carolina, who pay taxes to a state government that put the anti-gay measure on the ballot that passed this May, are wondering how they should spend their discretionary dollars and what they should tell equality-minded friends and relatives to do.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 4:57pm

Plus, I had a lengthy discussion with the Raleigh pastor about his bible-based views - as well as his outlandish statements about gays. I also managed to get him on record agreeing that one should not be fired on the job for being LGBT.

During a Leadership Triangle forum on North Carolina's marriage discrimination amendment on Tuesday, pro-Amendment panelists cited the usual outlandish irrelevancies as justifications for adding discrimination -- biblical law, need for procreation, and fertility rates. Thankfully there were panelists who kept redirecting the conversation back to facts and civil law.

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Monday, April 23, 2012 - 3:40pm

While there is an official campaign to defeat Amendment One out there, we have to recognize that there are many, many people working at the grassroots level, residents of North Carolina putting in countless hours to educate voters on their own time and dime because they feel passionately that this discriminatory amendment is wrong for the state that they call home. They find a niche to effectively counter the anti-gay, anti-logical arguments out there.

In this case, I wanted to spotlight a local effort -- responding to op-eds and letters to the editor (LTEs) in our local and regional papers that have been, as you might expect, populated with anti-gay, fear-driven, often religion-based arguments in favor of Amendment One. LTEs are powerful tools, and Durham resident Steve Bocckino helped build a roster of residents eager and willing -- sometimes for the first time -- to write what have become extremely effective pro-equality, anti-Amendment One arguments.  A self described "60-year-old white guy, straight, and married for 21 years," Steve wanted to make a difference. Here's my Q&A with him.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:34pm

This occurred last week but we've got a new video of Mayor Bill Bell's statement about the Amendment. I'm so proud of my town.


On Thursday, March 8, in a 6-0 vote, the city of Durham’s councilmembers encouraged voters to cast their upcoming ballots against an amendment to the state constitution that would strip the local government of the ability to provide domestic partner benefits such as health care to its public employees and their children, among other harms.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 11:42am

The video of NC Libertarian Party Chair J.J. Summerell, who speaks out against Amendment One, is laudable for underscoring some reasons North Carolinians should vote against Amendment One, but it is unbearably grating to me on a personal level because of the other message it sends -- that it is all about the "unintended consequences" it poses -- its effect on domestic violence laws, how it hurts children in custody matters, etc. There is zero commentary about the primary reason for this ballot initiative on May 8 - it is specifically designed to demonize and hurt taxpaying, voting LGBT North Carolinians.

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Monday, March 12, 2012 - 3:32pm

This is written off-the-cuff, no one asked for me to write this. I just wanted to let you know - my social media friends - that I believe we can defeat Amendment One with your help.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 12:36pm

UPDATE: The resolution to support a radical revision to the NC Constitution passed on a secret vote orchestrated by Paul Coble.

Wow. I know those of us in Durham and Orange (Chapel Hill/Carrboro) counties don't have to worry about garbage like this coming up for a debate, but Wake County, the seat of state government, is not a known as part of the progressive nexus of the Research Triangle area. I am saddened to see this, but people in Wake who oppose Amendment One, which would ban not only same-sex marriage, but eliminate domestic partnerships already in place in some cities and counties, and preclude any consideration of civil unions, need to make their voices heard today at 2PM. From Neighbors for Equality, the alarm has been sounded...

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Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 11:29am

You'd think the Democratic Governor of North Carolina would have been well ahead of a Tea Party-affirming Republican member of Congress from our state (Renee Ellmers) in declaring opposition to the marriage amendment, but we had to wait until Friday for this tepid statement from Bev Perdue:

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Friday, September 30, 2011 - 9:52am

Surprise, surprise. It's so predictable with these fundamentalist, ignorant gay haters.

As you know, the Blend broke the news that NC State Senator James Forrester has been falsely touting himself as a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. Correspondent Scott Rose's communication with Executive Director Michael Barry (R), showed that Forrester was not a fellow and the ACPM contacted Forrester to tell him to remove the false information from sites where the lawmaker touts the designation.

Matt Comer at QNotes has found that, well, it's probably easier to state which of Forrester's credentials are true, since others are now up in the air.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 1:18pm

NOTE FROM PAM: It's sad that a lawmaker, namely North Carolina State Senator James Forrester, is so blinded by ignorance and bigotry that he embarrasses himself -- and his cause (to amend the state's constitution so that NC recognizes the "only domestic legal union" in the state as a marriage between a man and a woman). He went on the air with Mike Signorile, who asked Forrester to cite his "facts" - something mainstream media almost always fails to do with these bigots -- and lo and behold, the lawmaker scrambled and came up with a goose egg.

Equality supporter Scott Rose has written an open letter to the Senator, and exposes the fact that Forrester, also a physician, lied repeatedly during that broadcast -- and is also peddling false credentials about his qualifications. The Blend has the correspondence with the American College of Preventive Medicine, where Forrester claims to be a Fellow. Let's just say the ACPM was not happy to hear what the lawmaker is pimping about himself.

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