Equality North Carolina will hold an April 14 town hall meeting to rally support against a pair of “Defense of Marriage” acts recently introduced in the state legislature. Both acts would amend the state constitution to prohibit recognition of marriage between gay and lesbian couples; the Senate version would also prohibit other forms of relationship recognition such as civil union or domestic partnership.
“Speaking with many, many people over the past few weeks, I’ve realized many do not realize the full extent of what this amendment could mean, and still many believe it won’t happen. But now more than ever, your voices must be heard,” says Jerri Goldberg, Asheville resident and Equality North Carolina board member.
Joining Goldberg at the public event will be:
Ian Palmquist, Executive Director, Equality North Carolina
Rebecca Mann, Director of Community Organizing & Outreach, Equality North Carolina
David Gantt, Chair of the Commissioners, Buncombe County
Brownie Newman, Vice Mayor, City of Asheville
Gordon Smith, Councilman, City of Asheville
According to a press release, the public meeting will include a presentation, Q&A and breakout sessions “devoted to the many ways that local communities can become even more involved in Equality NC’s current grassroots and grasstops efforts against the proposed anti-LGBT constitutional amendment.”
The meeting will be held Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m., in the Club Room (60 N. Market St., 5th FL, Asheville, N.C. 28801).