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North Carolina Amendment One

Stop Fighting to Legalize Discrimination

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Annie L. Scholl

It seems a bill that would permit magistrates and registers of deeds to opt out of marrying same-sex couples on religious grounds passed out of a state senate committee and could get a full hearing on the Senate floor this week.

House Speaker Tilles, Please Leave My Marriage Alone

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Annie L. Scholl

I got married last Friday night. Our plan was to go to CVS to pick up prescriptions for my future mother-in-law, but instead we decided to go to the Register of Deeds office in Greensboro, N.C., to get hitched.

The Fight Beyond Marriage Equality

Alex Hayden DiLalla | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Alex Hayden DiLalla

I remember where I was a little over two years ago when my fellow North Carolinians voted to declare me and thousands of other LGBT North Carolinians as second-class citizens.

Hating the Hate in Showtime's 'L Word Mississippi'

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Annie L. Scholl

We're not looking to have an elaborate wedding. Likely we'll show up, just the two of us, at a courthouse some 300 miles away. Imagine, my dear heterosexual friends, if this were you. I'm just going to guess you'd be a bit irritated.

United Church of Christ Brings the Fight for Equality to North Carolina

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Anthony Hatcher

The latest party to file a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina is the Cleveland-based United Church of Christ, marking the first time an entire religious denomination has joined a legal battle to repeal a statewide gay marriage ban.

North Carolina Vs. Freedom of Religion

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

If we are going to fight for the rights to exercise our faith as our conscience dictates, as is our Constitutional right in the United States, then we must get behind this lawsuit in North Carolina as this is, plain and simple, a freedom of religion question.

Religious Freedom Wars: Why the UCC's Lawsuit Against NC Gay Marriage Ban Matters for Every American

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

You cannot make peace if you do not even know you are in a war, and people of faith and conscience in this country need to realize that the very rights that the Constitution protects are under siege by those who abuse and misuse constitutional guarantees.

Jaweed Kaleem

State's New Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Could Turn 'Everything On Its Head' | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.01.2014 | Gay Voices

An unusual lawsuit in North Carolina is shifting the conversation about religious freedom -- and could be driving a wedge between some major opponents...

Amendment One Faces Serious Legal Hurdle

The Old Gold & Black | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
The Old Gold & Black

In recent months, state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage have fallen like dominos, struck down by federal judges in states ranging from Texas, Utah, Michigan and Virginia among others.

The March to Equality in Red States

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

The recent rulings in Utah and Oklahoma do not change the law in the South. However, they do inspire hope as we keep pushing for LGBT equality across a region where anti-LGBT discrimination persists in every area of life -- employment, health care, adoption and marriage.

Clay Aiken Reportedly Considering Run For Congress

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Clay Aiken, best known for being the runner-up in the second season of American Idol, is considering a run for Congress, the Washington Blade reports....

On Becoming the First Same-Sex Couple in the South to Successfully File a Marriage License Application

Carol McCrory | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Carol McCrory

We realized that we would be the first same-sex couple in North Carolina to get this far. We did not know that we would be the first in the entire South. There has been a lot of speculation about why we put ourselves out there so publicly, knowing what would likely follow. Here is the reason.

N.C. County Official To Accept Marriage License Applications From Gay Couples

AP | MITCH WEISS | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A county official in North Carolina says he will accept marriage license applications from same-sex couple...

LOOK: Lesbian Couple Denied Marriage License After 40 Years Of Partnership

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.04.2013 | Gay Voices

Carole Kaiser and Mary Burson have been together for 40 years, raised eight children and have a total of 13 grandchildren -- and North Carolina still ...

The Story Behind One: A Story of Love and Equality

A.J. Walkley | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

I recently had the pleasure to sit down with filmmaker Becca Roth as she heads to Kickstarter to make her LGBT-related documentary, One: A Story of Love and Equality, a reality.

On The Ground In North Carolina

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara | Posted 11.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

This week the Democratic Party will make history by becoming the first major American political party to endorse both marriage and employment equality for LGBT people. That this position will be ratified in Charlotte, N.C., highlights a dilemma that is both political and moral in nature.

'Why Do You Care?'

Will Clegg | Posted 10.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Will Clegg

In many people's minds, I'm a straight man making a documentary film about a gay issue; if I want people to pledge their hard-earned dollars to my film in an economy that doesn't leave a lot of room for donations, I owe them an answer. I'm happy to oblige.

John Rudolf

'I Try Not To Hate': Wrongfully Convicted Man Free After 17 Years | John Rudolf | Posted 07.03.2012 | Crime

LaMonte Armstrong is putting his life back together, piece by piece. But his freedom -- all three days of it -- hasn't been easy. "I'm confused, lo...

Moving Forward: My Journey to Iowa

Donna Red Wing | Posted 05.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

After more than 25 years together, we need to be where our relationship is honored and respected, where we can enjoy the same rights and responsibilities of any other family. And we need to be where the heart of this movement beats: Iowa.

The North Carolina We Believe In

Nation Hahn | Posted 07.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Nation Hahn

People's fear has left them in disarray. which has, in turn, allowed cynical political operatives to urge them to "take our country back" and issue clarion calls to return to "the good old days."

Why You Should Be Optimistic After Amendment One: A North Carolinian's Perspective

Jacob Tobia | Posted 07.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Jacob Tobia

In the wake of Amendment One, you should feel proud, and perhaps a feeling of pride is easy to understand. In spite of the outcome, we can't forget the fact that hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians stood up for equality and justice.

WATCH: Thousand Plus Protest NC Baptist Pastor Who Called For Gays To Be Put Behind Electric Fence

Reuters | Posted 07.27.2012 | Religion

By John Peragine NEWTON, N.C., May 27 (Reuters) - More than 1,000 people on Sunday protested a small-town North Carolina Baptist minis...

Gay Marriage Polls Not Yet Reflected In Votes

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 07.27.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Poll after poll shows public support for same-sex marriage steadily increasing, to the point where it's now a majority viewpoint. Yet in a...

Why You Shouldn't Boycott North Carolina

Mark Kleinschmidt | Posted 07.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Mark Kleinschmidt

While I understand that this is a natural response to the passage of such a discriminatory act, one that targets innocent North Carolinians for the worst of reasons, misunderstanding and bigotry, I'm asking everyone to take a deep breath.

Protests Planned Against Pastor Who Called For Gays In Concentration Camps

Reuters | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion

By Wade Rawlins RALEIGH, N.C., May 24 (Reuters) - A North Carolina group said it plans to hold a public protest on Sunday to denounce ...