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North Carolina Same Sex Marriage

Why North Carolina's Unprecedented Exemption Is Wrong For America

Jay Michaelson | Posted 06.13.2015 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Some would say that LGBT people can simply find another magistrate to marry them; indeed, the North Carolina law requires that one be made available. This does mitigate some of the harm.

North Carolina Anti-Gay Marriage Bill Becomes Law After Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

A bill allowing government officials in North Carolina to refuse to issue marriage licenses for religious reasons is now law after the state House vot...

North Carolina Senate Overrides Governor's Veto To Revive Anti-Gay Marriage Bill

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

On Monday, the North Carolina state Senate overrode a veto by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on a bill that allows government officials to recuse themselves fro...

North Carolina Senate Votes To Allow Officials To Refuse To Marry Same-Sex Couples

Reuters | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C., Feb 25 (Reuters) - The North Carolina state Senate voted on Wednesday to allow government officials to refuse to ma...

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.

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.

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...

ACLU Urges Judge To Quickly Overturn State's Gay Marriage Ban

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage for same...

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...

Marriage Actions Spreading in Southern States (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-08-20-Screenshot20130820at2.54.38PM.pngMarriage efforts are picking up all across the South, with civil actions starting this week.

Feeling The Love With North Carolina's 'We Do' Campaign

Aly Windsor | Posted 07.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Aly Windsor

On May 10 my partner and I and our two sons, along with eight other couples and families, and a large crowd of supporters, walked to the Forsyth County government building to apply for marriage licenses. We did it to show plainly who is hurt when discriminatory laws are passed.

We Have Met the Enemy, And The Enemy Is Us

Arlene Stein | Posted 07.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Arlene Stein

The battle in North Carolina also indicates that conservative strategists are beginning to target unrepentant, unmarried heterosexual couples, too. In a state that already prohibits same-sex marriage, Amendment 1 adds prohibitions against civil unions and domestic partnerships.

Get Out of My Heart, GOP

Jess Coleman | Posted 07.09.2012 | Teen
Jess Coleman

For a party that wants government "off our backs" and "out of our pockets," they sure seem to care a lot about who we love.

Message To North Carolina: No Vote Will Change Whom I Love

Shane L. Windmeyer | Posted 07.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Shane L. Windmeyer

No vote will change whom I love or whom I call my family. I will still be here regardless, living my life openly and honestly. My husband and I are still your neighbors. We are still taxpayers. One day, very soon, the margin of victory will shift in the favor of equality for my family.

WATCH: Middle School Students Take On Amendment 1

Mimi Schiffman | Posted 07.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Mimi Schiffman


WATCH: Straight North Carolina Couple Declares 'My Marriage Is Not Threatened By Gay Marriage'

Lynn Casper | Posted 06.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Lynn Casper


WATCH: 12-Year-Old Boy Stands Up For Lesbian Moms, Fights Amendment One

Mimi Schiffman | Posted 06.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Mimi Schiffman


Just The Facts On North Carolina's Marriage Amendment

Steven Petrow | Posted 06.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Steven Petrow

North Carolina's voters head to the polls on May 8 to vote on Amendment One, a constitutional instrument that would bring the Tar Heel State in line with all its Southern neighbors in codifying discrimination against not only its LGBT citizens but all its residents.

Celinda Lake: North Carolina Anti-Amendment-One Win Could Change LGBT Rights Movement Forever

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Karen Ocamb

The anti-Amendment-One campaign has reframed the perennial anti-gay "kids" message. According to prominent pollster Celinda Lake, if they can raise the money to air TV ads, Amendment One could be stopped, and this could change the LGBT movement forever.

Southern State Sings Different Tune On Gay Marriage

AP | TOM BREEN | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. -- From Texas to Virginia, the South has spoken with almost one voice on same-sex marriage, amending state constitutions to ban the prac...

A Nation Is Watching North Carolina's Amendment One Fight... Are You?

Jen Jones | Posted 05.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Jen Jones

Last week Amendment One even drew the ire of the president, who voiced his opposition to the ballot measure. But arguably the most telling national endorsement of North Carolina's anti-Amendment-One efforts came on March 19 from the California Democratic Party.

In North Carolina's Amendment One Fight The Kids Are All Right (VIDEO)

Jen Jones | Posted 04.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Jen Jones

Students in 2012 don't understand why Amendment One is even happening. And they are harshly aware they're the only people -- a first generation of Southern voters -- who can truly stop it.

North Carolina's Civil Rights Community Leads the March Against Amendment One

Jen Jones | Posted 04.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Jen Jones

It's no coincidence that Equality NC and NAACP-NC are now standing side by side in the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families, the state campaign to defeat Amendment One in May and turn the tide on LGBT discrimination in the South and beyond.