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On August 16 at Charlotte Pride, 144 individuals completed a Health Care Power of Attorney document!

CLT Pride clinic

Attorneys consult with individuals about their Health Care POA at Charlotte Pride.

The Campaign for Southern Equality is proud to offer a chance to complete a Health Care Power of Attorney document at two upcoming Pride events in North Carolina.

Community Law Workshop at Blue Ridge Pride
Pack Square Park in Asheville, North Carolina
Saturday, October 4, 12-4 p.m.
RSVP here

Community Law Workshop at Pride Winston-Salem
Downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Saturday, October 18, 12-4 p.m.
RSVP here

Reverend Leslie Oliver and Michelle Wyms hold their completed Health Care Power of Attorney forms at Charlotte Black Gay Pride. They know that their medical choices will now be respected during an emergency situation.

CLW at CBGP

During 2014, the Campaign for Southern Equality will offer at least 12 free Community Law Workshops (CLW). The goal of a CLW is to empower LGBT people in the South to protect our rights to the full extent possible under current laws.

Get more info about our legal workshops and voter registration efforts this fall.

Voter Registration at Blue Ridge Pride

In partnership with The Mountain People’s Assembly we will also be registering voters at Blue Ridge Pride on October 4 at the following times:

  • 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m

Please go to at http://www.southernequality.org/hometown-organizing/gotv to signup for a single shift or as many as you can work.

LGBT Couples Across Mississippi Record Marriage Licenses on August 13

On August 13, couples in eight Mississippi counties recorded their out-of-state marriage licenses with their local chancery clerks, creating a public record of married LGBT. In Harrison County, three couples were denied the right to record their marriage licenses.

The Washington Blade reported on why married couples in Mississippi are taking this step.

<i>Dee and Charlene have been together for 27 years.</i>

Dee and Charlene have been together for 27 years.

“We feel it is our duty to contribute however we can,” Charlene says. Dee and Charlene, who have been together since 1986, hope that recording their marriage license in Hinds County will bring awareness to the fact that married same-sex couples live in Mississippi, but aren’t treated equally under state law.

The couple didn’t plan on being married outside of Mississippi, but they had the opportunity to have a wedding thanks to the efforts of their family and friends. Dee’s nephew turned over his frequent flier miles to the couple, and they had their wedding in a friend’s living room in Massachusetts in 2013.

Winston-Salem Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage Through New Policy

The City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina has announced a new policy to recognize the legal out-of-state marriage licenses of LGBT city employees and extend standard employee benefits to their families. Winston-Salem is believed to be the first municipality in North Carolina to recognize married LGBT couples.

Read more about this historic policy.

LGBT Couples Apply for Marriage Licenses in Greenville, South Carolina

On July 28, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The same day South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced he would continue to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

lined up around the block

Supporters of the couples lined up around the block to walk to Probate Court with the couples.

Just two days later, five LGBT couples living in South Carolina went to the Probate Court in Greenville to apply for marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign.

Click here to meet the 5 couples who took action and see a photo round-up of the day.

(Neil and Ronald hold hands as they wait to apply behind Brianna and Rachel.)

(Neil and Ronald hold hands as they wait to apply behind Brianna and Rachel.)

Gay Couple’s Courageous Stand in Marion, North Carolina

Keisha and Dericka knew that when they went to the McDowell County Register of Deeds’ Office to request a marriage license as part of the WE DO Campaign, they would almost certainly be denied.

What they didn’t expect, however, was that 150 counter-protestors would hold a rally on the courthouse lawn.

WE DO participants pray in front of the McDowell County Courthouse, where hundreds of anti-gay protestors had gathered.

As they stood at the counter, Keisha and Dericka held their heads high and stated their intentions to the clerk. They handed their drivers’ licenses to the clerk, who examined them and stated that they were ineligible for a marriage license because they are a same-sex couple. Keisha and Dare explained that they want their family to be recognized by the state of North Carolina and by their hometown of Marion. The clerk refused to accept their application or to write “DENIED” on it.

Same-Sex Couples Call for Marriage Rights on 2nd Anniversary of Amendment One

On May 8, three same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses at the Wake County Register of Deeds Office in Raleigh, North Carolina along with six legally-married same-sex couples who paid $26 to record their out-of-state marriage licenses.

The couples were joined by family and clergy, including Rev. Nancy Petty of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh and Rev. Doug Long, Trudy and Justine’s pastor at Umstead Park United Church of Christ.

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Dennis and Clifton with Rev. Nancy Petty.

The Campaign for Southern Equality mobilizes people all across the South – from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to the Piedmont of North Carolina – to stand up and tell our country a new story about the urgent need for full LGBT equality in all spheres of life – employment, housing, health care, family rights and marriage.