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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BLOG: NC: same-sex partners granted hospital visitation

Pam's House Blend
April 23, 2008
Some good news on the civil rights front...NC ensures gay hospital visitation rights. [link]

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BLOG: NC pastor asks why religion is being used to deny marriage to gays and lesbians

Pam's House Blend
July 17, 2007
Rev. Reggie Longcrier, pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church in Hickory, NC, submitted a question on marriage equality for the CNN's YouTube Presidential debate. It's a powerful, short and simple video. [link]

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OPINION: The constitution is not the place to make law

The News and Observer
March 9, 2007
Putting gay and lesbian couples' relationships in the political arena scarcely helps anyone. It gives grandstanding pols a chance to show off, but it's hard to argue that a little tolerance of differing views on the issue threatens the American family structure. It's even harder to make a case for an unnecessary constitutional amendment. [link]

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Week intended to highlight inequality faced by gays

RelishNow
February 8, 2007
Freedom to Marry Week was established 10 years ago. Each February, we remind our fellow citizens of the fundamental unfairness of marriage inequality and try to win their support. We hope to reach the "reachables" — straight folks who allow themselves to be educated and can ignore religious and social prejudices — by telling our stories. This is mine:

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Domestic partner benefits delayed by legal confusion

Yes Weekly
October 12, 2005
In Greensboro, NC officials must wait for guidance from the state attorney general to sort through conflicting legal opinions before moving forward with a proposal to extend domestic partner benefits to city employers. [link]

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Anti-gay measure blocked in North Carolina

365Gay.com
September 2, 2005
For the second year in a row, the North Carolina legislature rejected a proposed constitutional amendment attacking same-sex couples. "This is a huge victory for LGBT North Carolinians," said Equality North Carolina spokesperson Ian Palmquist, "but our work is far from over." [link]

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