Marriage Equality Billboard in Greensboro, NC Likely to Spark Discussion

Fox 8 (Greensboro, NC)
October 1, 2009
A billboard featuring four gay and lesbian couples that reads: "Haven't we waited long enough?" will soon be unveiled in Greensboro, N.C. The Triad Equality Alliance, which created the billboard, says its purpose "is to open minds and eliminate prejudice." [Link]


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Night at the City Council

The Durham News
September 9, 2009
Pam Spaulding writes a first-hand account of a Durham, N.C. city council meeting she attended in which members of the council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to endorse and support 'the rights of same-sex couples to share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitments of civil marriage.' [Link]

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North Carolina Court Preserves Adoption by Lesbian Legislator

WRAL.com
August 18, 2009
A three-judge Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday that state Sen. Julia Boseman's parental rights could not be voided by her former partner Melissa Jarrell. The court ruled that the same-sex nature of their former relationship was not relevant to the case and the result would have been the same if brought by an unmarried heterosexual couple. [Link]

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City Council of Durham, North Carolina Unanimously Supports Marriage Equality

The Charlotte (NC) News & Observer
August 18, 2009
The City Council of Durham, North Carolina got a standing ovation Monday night when it unanimously passed, without discussion, a resolution supporting marriage for same-sex couples. The resolution has no effect on the law, but clearly states the city's stance on the issue. [Link]

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NC State Leaders Remain Steady Avoiding Marriage Vote

Associated Press
March 3, 2009
Despite a protest outside the state capitol by anti-gay activists, North Carolina's legislature is unlikely to advance a proposed constitutional amendment banning marriage for gay couples. [Link]

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Bill Filed to Ban Gay Couples’ Marriages in N.C.

Greensboro News & Record
February 25, 2009

N.C. Sen. Jim Forrester filed legislation this week that would amend the state's constitution to further ban marriage for gay couples. [Link]

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Tennessee Court Order Bars Mom’s Partner of 9 Years From Home When Mom Has Custody

ACLU
December 23, 2008
Although the evaluation concluded that Chandler’s partner was a positive influence on the children, on May 15, 2008, the court imposed a so-called “paramour” restriction on the couple, forcing Chandler’s partner from her home any nights her children are with her. The restriction has caused a huge strain on Chandler’s relationship. Right after the order was issued, Chandler’s partner was forced to move back to North Carolina, making it virtually impossible for the couple to spend time together. [Link]

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Carrboro Board Takes Stand on Marriage Equality

The News & Observer
December 4, 2008
The Board of Aldermen, N.C., passed without opposition a resolution they will send to state and federal lawmakers affirming their support of marriage for gay couples in the wake of nationwide Election Day setbacks for marriage equality. [Link]

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North Carolina marriage discrimination amendment sought

The News and Observer
July 9, 2008
Opponents of marriage equality are making another attempt to amend the state's constitution to include marriage discrimination in North Carolina. (Link)

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OPINION: In NC, dare we hope?

The News & Observer
May 20, 2008
Steven Petrow, past president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, writes "For so many of us who have known that sexual orientation has no bearing on our ability to have -- or not have -- loving partnerships and families, it's one thing for it to be self-evident and quite another to read it in a Supreme Court opinion from the nation's most populous state." (Link)

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