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Making it Hot for the North Carolina State Legislature

North Carolina is hot and it’s not just the weather. HRC and Equality North Carolina have been working to block passage of 2 constitutional amendments in the state legislature. Right now, gay and lesbian couples cannot get married in North Carolina—there is already a law on the books banning gay and lesbian marriage. This proposed legislation would go even further by asking voters to amend our state constitution to ban any kind of relationship recognition—even civil unions & domestic partnerships. Laws like this can result to taking away benefits such as health insurance for couples and their children.

The state legislature will convene for a Special Session in September where they may take up the vote for House Bill 777 and Senate Bill 106. HRC has six campaign staff on the ground working with Equality North Carolina to reach out to the citizens of North Carolina to sign our postcards to be submitted to each legislator before the vote.

The weekend before last was a scorcher. The temperature was recorded in the triple digits and so were our numbers. With a blazing team of fervent volunteers we danced (and worked) the night away at Legends Nightclub for our Clubbing for Equality campaign on Friday evening and had fun with Drag Bingo at the Armory in Durham on Saturday. The city of Durham also passed a unanimous vote opposing both HB 777 and SB 106.  Check out the story here.

We were also on the scene at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Four days of canvassing throngs of LGBT and straight ally movie watchers at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC. The crowd was overwhelming and so were their opinions opposing the anti-gay amendments. And to top it all off, we held our usual Sunday evening phone bank with Equality North Carolina. Volunteers made hundreds of calls into constituents homes asking them to contact their legislators about opposing the anti-gay marriage amendments. Over the weekend we collected 1000+ postcards and hundreds of calls into the legislature.

We’ll be turning up the heat this week again with Phone Banks and Canvasses in the Triangle area, covering Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Jessica Osborn atJessica.osborn@hrc.org.

To volunteer in Asheville please contact Lee Crayton at Lee@equalitync.org<mailto:Lee@equalitync.org

To volunteer in the Triad area, covering Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem please contact Chris Speer. The Triad has been conducting several phone banks and canvasses asking constituents to call their legislators to tell them to oppose the amendments. Contact her at Chris@equalitync.org.

To volunteer in Moore County, please contact Andrew Porter at Andrew@equalitync.org.

For more information on the proposed amendments, visit www.Equalitync.org.

Please join HRC and ENC staff and volunteers to make sure these harmful amendments never see the light of day.

 

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