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North Carolina Amendment One

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 ...

Anti-Gay Pastor's Sermon Defended By His Followers: 'You've Got To Be Scared Straight'

Posted 05.23.2012 | Gay Voices

Parishioners at North Carolina's Providence Road Baptist Church have come to the defense of Pastor Charles L. Worley, days after video footage of him ...

Homophobic North Carolina Pastor: 'Forty Years Ago [Gays] Would've Hung...From A White Oak Tree'

Posted 05.22.2012 | Gay Voices

Footage of a homophobic sermon given by the North Carolina pastor who called for gays and lesbians to put in an electrified pen and ultimately killed ...

Pastor Who Called For Gays And Lesbians To Be Put In Electrified Pen And Killed Off Faces Backlash

Posted 05.22.2012 | Gay Voices

The North Carolina pastor who called for gays and lesbians to be put in an electrified pen and ultimately killed off is facing a backlash. After v...

The Ignorance That Drives Regional Divisiveness

William Rose | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
William Rose

When we talk about all the hatred, fear, and ignorance in this country, I will never understand why people so quickly assume that the racism, homophobia, and brain-drain all comes from the South.

WATCH: Pastor Says Put Gays And Lesbians In Electrified Pen To Kill Them Off

Posted 05.22.2012 | Gay Voices

The barrage of anti-gay sermons delivered by North Carolina-based pastors to hit the blogosphere continues with yet another disturbing rant caught on ...

Michelangelo Signorile

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

Major Dem Event Gets Awkward For Obama

Bloomberg | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama’s decision in February 2011 to hold the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina looked like a bold move to reclaim a...