STATUS: Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of North Carolina's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits any form of family status for same-sex couples in the state.
HISTORY: On May 8, 2012, anti-gay forces in North Carolina pushed through Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and prohibits same-sex couples from attaining any form of legal family status.
A number of cities and counties provide domestic partnership registries for some same-sex couples.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Equality NC is a statewide advocacy organization that works to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender North Carolinians.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
- The Campaign for Southern Equality is a national effort to assert the full humanity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in American life and to increase public support for LGBT rights.
POLLING DATA: A majority (63%) of North Carolina residents say they support marriages or civil unions for same-sex couples, with 37% opposed. (Public Policy Polling, February 2013)
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES: According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 18,309 same-sex couples are living in North Carolina, representing 4.9 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
Blog Posts Related to North Carolina
This week, the Campaign for Southern Equality released a remarkable new video featuring Brenda Clark and Carol McRory, who have been involved with the campaign for several years and participated in five different actions with the advocacy group.
This week, legally married same-sex couples across North Carolina approached their local county clerk's office to record their love - registering their marriage licenses in North Carolina as a protest to anti-marriage laws in their home state.
Today, the Buncombe County Register of Deeds in North Carolina, Drew Reisinger, began accepting applications from same-sex couples for marriage licenses, saying that he would formally request approval for granting the licenses from the NC Attorney General, Roy Cooper. Watch this great video from today's action.
Resources Related to North Carolina
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in North Carolina.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".