Four Days Left for North Carolina, Time To Take Action!
September 9, 2011
The vote to decide whether or not to ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships by way of a constitutional amendment is within four days. On Tuesday, September 13, the North Carolina General Assembly will make history. HRC, along with Equality North Carolina, has been working tirelessly since the beginning of the year to make sure they stand on the right side of history.
Bigotry is bad for business and for the spouses of those whose employers offer domestic partnerships benefits in North Carolina. Bigotry is bad for the youth of North Carolina and signals a lack of respect from their legislators; it’s hard enough growing up trying to avoid being bullied and beat up for being gay. Bigotry is bad for the state legislature. They were elected to help create jobs and improve the economy; bigotry only wastes time, money and energy for more important matters of the state. It will cost the state $50,000.00 per day for the special session, the equivalent of one teacher’s salary in North Carolina.
HRC and ENC have held several town hall meetings, met with dozens of universities, hundreds of organizations and churches, and attended Prides across the state of North Carolina. We have garnered over 40,000 postcards which will be delivered to each legislator the day before the vote. We have created thousands of constituent calls in to each legislator’s office, urging them to oppose the anti-LGBT amendment.
We couldn’t have done it without the help of thousands of dedicated volunteers, but our work is not done until after the vote. We want to hit them hard up until the very end. We are calling for all hands on deck! If you have ANY TIME AT ALL, no matter where you are located, please contact Jessica Osborn, Southern Regional Field Organizer for HRC, to sign up for a shift to support the hard work. Email her at Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be two events you cannot miss!
On Monday, September 12, we will be hosting the Vigil for Equality located at Bicentennial Plaza on 1 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC, from 7pm to 8pm.
On Tuesday, September 13, we will be hosting the Rally for Equality located at Halifax Mall (Outside of the N.C.G.A.) on 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC, from 12pm to 2pm.
We hope to see you all out there or in our office, in solidarity.
For more information about the amendments please check out http://www.equalitync.org/.