marriage equality

Amendment done - 4th circuit rules in favor of marriage equality

From CNN:

The 4th Circuit opinion also will affect marriage laws in other states within its jurisdiction, including West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Only Maryland has legalized same-sex marriage.

Though I believe the opinion is stayed until the Supreme Court likely weighs in next year, this is a precedent that spells an end to amendment one. It didn't even take 20 years. Join Equality NC's celebration at Motorco in Durham at 6:30pm!

I hope our AG is hearing this

From yesterday's NY Times:

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday injected the Obama administration into the emotional and politicized debate over the future of state same-sex marriage bans, declaring in an interview that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory.

Straight from the lips of Attorney General Eric Holder. It's your call on whether or not to defend the ban based on whether or not you think it is discriminatory. Do you?

Good riddance Rep. McIntyre!

In one of his last acts as a Congressman, Rep. Mike McIntyre is trying to strip my marriage and the marriages of couples just like us across North Carolina of federal recognition. He's going out swinging, trying to harm North Carolinians as he goes, even if it means standing alone with the Republicans as he does, giving them cover to call this bipartisan.

This is the kind of act that is helping drive youth into the growing ranks of the independents in this state rather than the shrinking ranks of the Democratic Party. His stance is firmly rooted in the past and on the wrong side of history, in opposition to Senator Hagan's and Attorney General Cooper's support of marriage equality.

Looking back at 2013: allies in every county

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.

Marriage news watch

Weddings began today in Hawaii! Here's this week's Marriage News Watch weekly recap and a few photos of the celebrations collected by NCRM.

LGBT Democrats of North Carolina convention photoblog

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.

Cooper to keynote Equality NC event? Seriously?

Never known to be a champion of anything, Roy Cooper today came out ... in favor of marriage equality. I guess it's better late than never. Still, it's kind of amusing to see all the swooning from the folks at Equality NC. Via email:

Dear James,

We're proud to let you know that N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper - our keynote speaker for the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala - just announced his public support for marriage equality. With Mr. Cooper's endorsement of the freedom to marry, he joins a fast-growing majority of fair-minded North Carolinians who believe in legal relationship recognitions for LGBT citizens.

Unfortunately, only one day after Mr. Cooper announced he'd be joining us for the Equality Gala, extremist groups like the NC Family Policy Council came out of the woodwork demanding their supporters boycott our annual event, entitled "A Celebration of Home."

Marriage news watch

In a continuing effort to share these whenever they mention NC, here is this week's Marriage News Watch. The politics of the marriage equality fight in New Jersey could prove interesting since it involves a 2016 potential presidential hopeful.

Here's more news on the latest efforts in NC:

Register your marriage license in N.C.

As we continue to expand the WE DO Campaign, we are adding a new action. On October 22nd, LGBT couples who are legally married are saying “We did!” by registering their marriage licenses at their local Register of Deeds Offices across North Carolina.

NC Pride 2013

North Carolina's annual Pride event is coming up this weekend. It's the first NC Pride since the pro-equality Supreme Court decisions this summer, so there should be a lot of energy out there. The main event is of course on Saturday with the fair grounds style tent set up, speakers, and marches around the Duke East Campus and 9th street areas. It's a lot of fun, and you should check it out if you've never been.

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