Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:32pm
Two years ago, in a primary election that was ignored by much of the electorate, many LGBT North Carolinians not only cast their vote against marriage discrimination but also stood outside the polls trying to convince others that they were real people deserving of equal rights. I know I got sunburned at a rural Durham County precinct passing out literature at a polling site that day. But too many could not help publicly in the fight for equality because being gay is a fireable offense in too much of America.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 6:23pm
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 - 6:42pm
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.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Sat, 07/20/2013 - 8:01pm
The 18th annual North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will run from August 9th to 18th. I've been going to this annual event off and on for several years now. It's a little hit or miss, but there are always some gems in the selections. I'm excited to see that North Carolina will be featured, at least briefly, on the big screen given that it's the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film festival.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 2:26pm
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.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Sun, 03/24/2013 - 11:52pm
Today was a day full of vigils, reflection, and preparation for the future. A voting rights vigil planned for the Pitt County Courthouse in recognition of Bloody Sunday and the current voting rights struggles in this state, and a freedom to marry vigil planned for the Wilson County Courthouse in recognition of this week's Supreme Court marriage cases. Today was spent honoring history from Selma to Stonewall.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 3:09pm
The countdown continues. Only 3 days left until this historic Supreme Court freedom to marry case. Lines have been forming out side the Supreme Court for days now. The polling is moving in our favor at a rapid pace. Even a hundred some prominent republicans have made the jump to supporting marriage equality. There are some big events in DC, but you don't have to go that far to have a piece of history with this landmark case, because events are being held all across the country and across North Carolina.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 4:22pm
In 3 weeks the Supreme Court will take up a case considering the constitutionality of Prop 8, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and generally the freedom to marry for LGBT couples. Recently Equality NC joined with many other organizations, politicians, and faith leaders to oppose marriage discrimination in the form of an amicus brief. Public events and demonstrations relating to the Supreme Court case are starting to pop up in NC, in DC, and around the country. In 20 or 30 years, how will you answer the question, where were you during this freedom to marry case?
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 4:31pm
The Supreme Court is taking up the Winsdor DOMA challenge and the Prop 8 Case. Depending on the ruling, and how broad or narrow it is, this could potentially end amendment 1, DOMA, and marriage discrimination all across the country.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Wed, 11/28/2012 - 3:28pm
After historic victories in the 2012 elections in which marriage equality won and discrimination lost in 4 states and the first openly gay candidate was elected to the US Senate, the US Supreme Court now poised to weigh in on the issue. The Marriage News Watch video below looks at the history of marriage-related rulings by SCOTUS.
They could decide as early as next week whether or not to take up cases challenging DOMA and challenging marriage discrimination. If they opt not to, then marriage equality could resume in California in short order. That, combined with the recent election results, could move a significant percentage of the country's population into areas with marriage equality.
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