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Early Voting Rally in Asheville on October 23

The Mountain People’s Assembly, the Asheville-Buncombe chapter of the NAACP and the Campaign for Southern Equality are hosting a non-partisan Early Voting rally on October 23, the first day of early voting.

“Moral March to the Polls” will take place in Pack Square Park, with voters gathering at the Vance Monument at 3:30 p.m. From 3:30 to 3:45 speakers will address the crowd about the importance of voting and discuss new voting restrictions in place for the 2014 elections. At 4 p.m., Buncombe County NAACP President Elder John Hayes and the Hillcrest High-Steppin’ Majorettes & Drum Corps will lead the march to the Board of Elections at 35 Woodfin Street.

RSVP for the rally on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1497033390539338/

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The deadline for North Carolina residents to register to vote is October 10.

CSE provides legal services at Charlotte Pride

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More than 100,000 people attended Charlotte Pride during the weekend of August 16 and 17 according to Q Notes.

(Photo from Q Notes)

The Campaign for Southern Equality along with the LGBTQ Law Center were proud to offer a chance to complete a Health Care Power of Attorney document at Charlotte Pride! More than 30 attorneys and notaries volunteered their time on Saturday to help us provide legal rights to LGBTQ people.

(Attorneys reviewing POA doc with individuals)

And we’re happy to report that 144 individuals completed a Health Care Power of Attorney document on Saturday at Charlotte Pride!

(Marie and Terry)

Marie and Terry, together for 30 years, were two of the people who completed a document. They now know that their medical choices will be respected during an emergency medical situation.

(Bishop Tonyia Rawls of the LGBTQ Law Center)

The goal of a Community Law Workshop is to empower LGBT people in the South to protect our rights to the full extent possible under current laws. With the support of volunteer attorneys we were able to provide LGBT Southerners with thousands of dollars worth of legal work at no cost.

(Swearing oath with the notary)

Don’t miss our upcoming Community Law Workshops:

Blue Ridge Pride (October 4, Asheville, NC); Health Care Power of Attorney offered with LGBTQ Law Center. Pride Winston-Salem (October 18, Winston-Salem, NC); Health Care Power of Attorney offered with LGBTQ Law Center. . . . → Read More: CSE provides legal services at Charlotte Pride

On Heels of 4th Circuit Ruling, LGBT Couples Apply for Marriage Licenses in Greenville, South Carolina

On Monday 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.

“Currently, South Carolina’s law remains intact,” said Mark Powell, a spokesman for S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson. “People should not rush to act or react until that time when a decision is made by the highest court in the land.”

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.

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

North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia are all in the 4th Circuit and are now on the verge of marriage equality after Monday’s historic ruling.

This was Ivy and Misha’s third time applying for a marriage license in their home state of South Carolina. They do not want to travel out of state to be wed.

Ivy is a co-founder and the Program Director of Gender Benders, a grassroots social justice and support group working on trans* issues.

Supporters circled up outside Probate Court as clergy lead an interfaith blessing of the couples before they enter the building to apply for marriage licenses.

. . . → Read More: On Heels of 4th Circuit Ruling, LGBT Couples Apply for Marriage Licenses in Greenville, South Carolina

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 this morning 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.

With the sounds of condemnation in the background, the couple received a blessing from their minister, Rev. Christy Corna, who will officiate their wedding ceremony in September. They then proceeded to the Register of Deeds Office, hand-in-hand, followed by friends and supporters.

. . . → Read More: Gay couple’s courageous stand in Marion, North Carolina

Campaign for Southern Equality events in June

Tuesday, July 17 from 6:30 to 8:45 pm: Screening of God Loves Uganda

A hard-hitting documentary exposing the role of American evangelism in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn toward the death penalty for gays. This event is co-sponsored by Land of the Sky UCC. Please note this film includes disturbing content and is intended for adult audiences. Child care will be provided. Facilitated discussion of the film to follow.

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/423296547807487/

Location: Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road, Asheville, N.C. 28803

Wednesday, July 18 from 4 to 6:30 pm: How to use Facebook and Twitter to Increase your Impact

Social media plays an increasingly large role in economic and social justice movements. This workshop, presented by Aaron Sarver of the Campaign for Southern Equality, will teach you how to leverage the power of Facebook and Twitter to communicate your message effectively and inspire your supporters to take action.

After the social media training we’re holding a Smart Phone Workshop. Your phone can help you to: expedite and/or confirm a voter’s registration, access social media, do research and more.

https://www.facebook.com/events/249442388583371/

Location: United Way of Asheville | 50 S French Broad Avenue, Asheville, N.C. 28801

Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 pm: Community Law Workshop at Salisbury Pride

The Campaign for Southern Equality will offer free health care power of attorney clinics at Pride celebrations across North Carolina this summer with the Freedom Center for Social Justice’s LGBTQ Law Center in order to serve the LGBT community in North Carolina.

“The Campaign for Southern Equality is excited to offer this service free of charge at PRIDE events . . . → Read More: Campaign for Southern Equality events in June