Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 5:23pm
As 2013 is coming to a close, I've been thinking a lot about the year in review lately. There were local elections, a crazy legislative session, and of course Moral Mondays. The Supreme Court misguidedly struck down part of the voting rights act, but also struck down some marriage discrimination statutes as well. It has been a mixed year of frustration and hope for the future.
Though those red equal signs felt ubiquitous when they went viral through social media earlier this year with the Supreme Court marriage case, I was still a little surprised to learn when reading the Advocate today that it was on people's profiles in every single county in the US. And by extension in every single county in NC. Nowhere in the nation or state is without allies. That is a profound and heartening thing to know.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Sat, 11/09/2013 - 5:42pm
Today was the annual convention of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina which is an official auxiliary of the Democratic Party of North Carolina. There was applause for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act being passed this week in the US Senate with Senator Hagan's support, and the growing number of states embracing the freedom to marry.
There was celebration of the growing membership and number of regional chapters across the state with plans to continue that expansion. And there was an election of the new leadership team to take us through the 2014 elections. Photos below the fold.
Never known to be a champion of anything, Roy Cooper today came out ... in favor of marriage equality. I guess it's better late than never. Still, it's kind of amusing to see all the swooning from the folks at Equality NC. Via email:
We're proud to let you know that N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper - our keynote speaker for the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala - just announced his public support for marriage equality. With Mr. Cooper's endorsement of the freedom to marry, he joins a fast-growing majority of fair-minded North Carolinians who believe in legal relationship recognitions for LGBT citizens.
Unfortunately, only one day after Mr. Cooper announced he'd be joining us for the Equality Gala, extremist groups like the NC Family Policy Council came out of the woodwork demanding their supporters boycott our annual event, entitled "A Celebration of Home."
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Mon, 10/07/2013 - 1:56pm
In a continuing effort to share these whenever they mention NC, here is this week's Marriage News Watch. The politics of the marriage equality fight in New Jersey could prove interesting since it involves a 2016 potential presidential hopeful.
As we continue to expand the WE DO Campaign, we are adding a new action. On October 22nd, LGBT couples who are legally married are saying “We did!” by registering their marriage licenses at their local Register of Deeds Offices across North Carolina.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 4:08pm
North Carolina's annual Pride event is coming up this weekend. It's the first NC Pride since the pro-equality Supreme Court decisions this summer, so there should be a lot of energy out there. The main event is of course on Saturday with the fair grounds style tent set up, speakers, and marches around the Duke East Campus and 9th street areas. It's a lot of fun, and you should check it out if you've never been.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 10:25pm
There was a great array of speakers in Raleigh tonight at the celebration and info session around today's marriage victories at the Supreme Court including legislators, speakers from Equality NC, and the ACLU. My very preliminary understanding of the ruling is that there wasn't standing for Prop 8 which means marriage equality returns to California and puts about a third of the country's population in marriage equality states. And with the ruling against DOMA that means federal benefits will now be extended to same-sex married couples in states that recognize marriage equality.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 1:26pm
Decision day is coming this week. We don't know which day, but we know it's coming. Discriminatory laws like DOMA and Prop 8 could both be put to rest by the Supreme Court this week. Even though that would leave a long ways to go on the marriage equality issue and other LGBT equality issues, it would still be the biggest advancement for LGBT equality thus far in my lifetime.
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