Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment
Marriage supporters across the state are continuing to speak out in favor of equality, working to overturn anti-marriage laws in North Carolina so that all same-sex couples can share in the freedom to marry.
In January 2012, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of NC filed a federal lawsuit, Fisher-Borne v. Smith, seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples across the state of South Carolina. Read more about marriage litigation in North Carolina.
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.
- 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.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
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, Mayor Esther Manheimer, the newly elected mayor of Asheville, North Carolina, signed onto Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a coalition of nearly 400 mayors from across the country who support marriage for same-sex couples.
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.
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".