Mississippi SB 2681 UPDATE: The House Judiciary Committee passed an amended version of SB 2681 (“Religious Freedom Restoration Act”) on March 4. However, the ‘right to discriminate’ remains in the amended version of bill. It now heads to the House for a full vote.
The Mississippi state Senate unanimously passed SB 2681 on Jan. 31st with a 48-0 vote. This bill is similar to legislation in Arizona that has been dubbed a “Turn Away the Gays” bill.
Post this graphic and link – http://bit.ly/1gD2jj3 – on your Facebook page and stand against SB 2681.
Our 1st annual “LGBT* in the South” conference (February 28 & March 1) in Asheville, NC convened a network of Southern organizers to explore best practices and share strategies on how to increase the impact of LGBT advocacy in the South – from passing local equality ordinances to new HIV/AIDS advocacy strategies to pushing for marriage equality.
SATURDAY, MARCH 1st: The Saturday portion of the conference will feature 14 separate trainings and interactive panels designed to build skills and allows organizers working in the South to learn from each other and connect.
For those attending on Saturday, who did not pre-register, you must register on Saturday morning starting at 8:15 a.m. *Saturday registration and check in are required for all attendees* in the atrium of the First Congregational UCC in downtown Asheville (20 Oak Street).
The Campaign for Southern Equality is excited to partner with the Hart Law Group and the National Center for Lesbian Rights on the conference.
After the 2013 Supreme Court’s ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, the federal government — and therefore the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) — recognize same-sex marriages. But in every Southern state, married same-sex couples are required to file as “single.”
If you are you a married same-sex couple ready to take a stand for equality on your taxes, join us in refusing to lie. We’re calling for state laws and policies to recognize our families as equal.
We made history at the Moral March in Raleigh, NC, on February 8th! The largest march in the South since Selma – the Campaign for Southern Equality marched with a broad, non-partisan coalition of groups to speak out for pubic schools, health care, immigrant rights and full LGBT equality in North Carolina.
(Photo left to right: Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara of the Campaign for Southern Equality, Chris Sgro of Equality NC and Bishop Tonyia Rawls of the Freedom Center for Social Justice.)
People from all over NC and across the country, 80,000 to 100,000 strong joined the NC NAACP in marching for a fair and just North Carolina and yes that included LGBT rights!
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.