iOS app Android app

Amendment One

Anti-Gay Group Throws Away $117,000 on Election They Can't Win (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-11-03-ScreenShot20141103at11.32.38AMsmall.pngThe National Organization for Marriage has committed $117,000 to support the election of Thom Tillis, a key architect of North Carolina's gay marriage ban, to the U.S. Senate. But even if he wins, the organization loses: It's too late for anyone to stop marriage equality in North Carolina.

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.

Church Sues State for Marriage Equality

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Never before has a major Christian denomination sued state government in the United States over their marriage laws. At least until today, that is.

Defending True Religious Liberty: Church Files Lawsuit in Support of Marriage Equality

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

This morning in Charlotte, NC, the United Church of Christ filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court. This suit argues that the current law in NC, as it pertains to marriage, violates religious freedom by prohibiting UCC ministers, and other clergy, from officiating at same-sex marriages.

North Carolina's Amendment One May Be Struck Down

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 06.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

America's Judiciary is not always the most timely. It took years of civil rights violations before we finally gave people of color rights. Sadly, we...

Clay Aiken Makes Moves Toward Congressional Bid: Report

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

Following earlier claims that Clay Aiken was considering a congressional run in North Carolina, a local report says the former "American Idol" contest...

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...

WATCH: Same-Sex Couples Denied Marriage Licenses In Peaceful, Emotional Protest

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

Three same-sex couples engaged in an emotional, high-profile attempt to receive marriage licenses at the Mecklenburg Country Register of Deeds in Nort...

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.

Lawsuit Alleges Georgia School Districts Used Taxpayer Money To Defeat Charter School Amendment

Posted 10.10.2012 | Education

A class action lawsuit filed with the Fulton County Superior Court on Monday alleges that the Fulton and Gwinnett County School Districts in Georgia u...

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.

Groups Making Big Moves On Gay Marriage During DNC

AP | MITCH WEISS | Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the host state of the Democratic National Convention has stirred anger and rese...

10 Inspiring High School Gay-Straight Alliances

The Huffington Post | Hannah Orenstein | Posted 06.22.2012 | Teen

LGBT teens are twice as likely as straight teens to report incidences of physical assault at school, according to a recent survey of more than 10,000 ...

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.

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.

Michelangelo Signorile

LISTEN: Clay Aiken Discusses 'Celebrity Apprentice' Finale, North Carolina's Amendment One, And More

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.19.2012 | Gay Voices

A few days before his face-off with Arsenio Hall on the finale of Donald Trump’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” (Sunday night on NBC), Clay Aiken wa...

To Boycott North Carolina Or Not? That Is The Question

Steven Petrow | Posted 07.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Steven Petrow

Why single out North Carolina, which is only one of 31 states that now have constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriage? Most importantly, how would such a movement help to change the hearts and minds of the Tar Heels who voted in favor of Amendment 1?

Obama's Gay Marriage Stance Has Big Impact On Black Opinion

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 05.17.2012 | Black Voices

When President Obama announced last week that he supported same-sex marriage, the conventional wisdom was that the president ran the risk of alienat...

Clay Aiken On Gay Marriage: 'We're Going To Be Ashamed We Were Against This' In 20 Years

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

"American Idol" alum Clay Aiken took to CBS's "Face the Nation" over the weekend to talk North Carolina's Amendment One as well as President Obama's e...

Bloomberg: State's Gay Marriage Vote Sets Back Civil Rights

AP | Posted 07.13.2012 | College

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has told University of North Carolina graduates that last week's gay marriage vote sho...

A Look At What Happened On Amendment 1 In North Carolina

Adam Bink | Posted 07.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Adam Bink

I spent much of the spring working on defeating anti-gay Amendment 1 in North Carolina. It's been my habit, after major wins or losses, to reflect on what went right and what went wrong, and offer some thoughts. Here are some of those along with some analysis.