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May 9, 2012

Next Phase of NC Gay Rights Battle: Court House Sit-Ins

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Written by: Kelly Virella
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n the heels of losing their battle against North Carolina’s Amendment One yesterday, gay rights activists throughout the south are launching a new campaign today, according to Pam’s House Blend.  The WE DO campaign involves same-sex couples going to courthouses to request marriage licences and, in select cities, court house sit-ins.

Today, the protests will occur in 8 North Carolina cities, with 40 couples agreeing to participate. Hundreds of family members, friends, clergy, and elected officials are expected to join them. For a schedule of the protests, visit Pam’s House Blend.

Amendment One won 61 percent of the vote.

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality said: “Looking forward, I feel deeply hopeful about what is possible – tomorrow and in the years to come. This hope comes from knowing people like you and from knowing that we are building a new southern equality movement that, I truly believe, can accelerate the path to full federal equality.”


About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Official portrait from his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.