RALEIGH, N.C., MAY 17, 2011 – As anti-gay groups hold their May 17 rally outside of the North Carolina legislative building to push the state’s proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment, faith leaders from all across the state will be inside the legislature announcing their opposition to a constitutional revision that could prohibit all forms of legal relationship recognition for gay and lesbian couples.
North Carolina faith leadership and families “of faith” will be joined by state legislators at an anti-amendment press conference from the North Carolina General Assembly legislative building (Press Conference Room, 16 West Jones St., downtown Raleigh, NC), Tuesday, May 17, beginning at 10 a.m. Hosted by Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), this press conference will speak to the potential harms of the proposed amendment and the faith-based mobilization occurring throughout the state to oppose it.
Following the press conference, clergy and congregation members from all denominations are encouraged to sign on with a statewide faith coalition, joining with religious representatives from the May 17 press conference in publicly opposing the anti-gay amendment. This coalition is hosted by Equality NC, the state’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, and faith leaders can join online beginning May 17, at www.equalitync.org.
“For too long, the anti-gay industry has claimed religion as its own. But on May 17, faith leaders from across the state will represent an ever-increasing number of North Carolinians who are willing to speak out against this type of discriminatory legislation and stand up for LGBT families,” said Equality NC’s executive director, Ian Palmquist.
In addition to mobilizing North Carolina clergy, faith leaders and families to speak out against the anti-gay constitutional amendment, on May 17 Equality NC will hold an “act in”—empowering fair-minded citizens from every corner of North Carolina to join the thousands who have already contacted their local legislators, demanding they oppose this legislation. Interested parties can get involved by joining Equality NC’s Online Action Network at www.equalitync.org.
Equality NC is a statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender North Carolinians.