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Attorneys: N.C. magistrate law unconstitutional, suit seeks to overturn anti-LGBT law

Attorneys: N.C. magistrate law unconstitutional, suit seeks to overturn anti-LGBT law

A federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s anti-LGBT “magistrate recusal” law on same-gender marriages has been filed in federal court. The challenge seeks to overturn Senate Bill 2, the law passed this year which opponents say violates the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection and Due Process clauses.

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Leaders want trans education, begin renewed push for Charlotte non-discrimination ordinance

Leaders want trans education, begin renewed push for Charlotte non-discrimination ordinance

LGBT community groups in Charlotte and North Carolina are renewing their lobbying and education efforts on a package of local non-discrimination ordinances voted down by City Council in the spring.

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Election a mixed bag for gay North Carolina candidates

Election a mixed bag for gay North Carolina candidates

Tuesday’s election brought in successes and losses for North Carolina’s openly gay candidates, reducing the overall total of open elected leadership for the state’s LGBT residents.

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After election, new challenges and opportunities for Charlotte LGBT community

After election, new challenges and opportunities for Charlotte LGBT community

Tuesday’s election results offer us a unique context now for tackling the challenges and opportunities Charlotte’s LGBT community will face in the weeks, months and years to come.

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Charlotte secures a pro-LGBT City Council and other takeaways from the primary

Charlotte secures a pro-LGBT City Council and other takeaways from the primary

Commentary and a breakdown of Charlotte municipal primary results, including thoughts on the LGBT vote and efforts to pass an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance with a new City Council.

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Gay campaign ads arrive in Charlotte voters’ mailboxes

Gay campaign ads arrive in Charlotte voters’ mailboxes

Mailers for the TurnOUT Charlotte! get-out-the-vote campaign began arriving in local voters’ mailboxes on Thursday.

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MeckPAC defends their mayoral endorsement of Dan Clodfelter

MeckPAC defends their mayoral endorsement of Dan Clodfelter

The Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) has defended their mayoral primary endorsement choice of incumbent Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter, in a statement posted to their Facebook page late Wednesday evening.

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Roberts, Clodfelter share Equality NC endorsement

Roberts, Clodfelter share Equality NC endorsement

Equality North Carolina announced their Charlotte mayoral endorsements on Tuesday, giving their nod to both incumbent Mayor Dan Clodfelter and candidate Jennifer Roberts.

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Not all agree on slate of LGBT-endorsed Charlotte candidates

A mutual slate of endorsed Charlotte City Council candidates released by three local, state and national LGBT groups this week isn’t being accepted at face value by all LGBT residents or allies.

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Five Facts: How did LGBT groups choose their Charlotte candidates?

Five Facts: How did LGBT groups choose their Charlotte candidates?

I’ve seen questions surface on exactly how three local, state and national LGBT groups chose their mutual slate of endorsed at-large and district City Council candidates. Here are five facts drilling into how the choices, along with some analysis and commentary on my part.

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LGBT groups back council candidates, say they will turn out ‘critical mass’

LGBT groups back council candidates, say they will turn out ‘critical mass’

Representatives of three LGBT advocacy groups announced their endorsements of City Council candidates at a press conference Wednesday morning, throwing their weight — and money — behind four at-large Democratic candidates and several candidates in contested district races.

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LGBT groups hope to swing Charlotte elections

LGBT groups hope to swing Charlotte elections

Three LGBT advocacy groups will launch a new electoral campaign in Charlotte at a joint press conference on Wednesday morning. Leaders with the effort say they’re confident they’ll be able to turn out the support and votes to sway this year’s Charlotte City Council election — all in the aftermath of March’s failed LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance vote.

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Tar Heels: Your LGBT vote matters more this year than ever before

Tar Heels: Your LGBT vote matters more this year than ever before

Tuesday is Election Day, and for the first time in a decade, the chances of an openly gay or lesbian candidate being elected to the North Carolina General Assembly are slim to none. Come January, the state legislature will likely include no openly LGBT voices. The state missed its opportunity to ensure LGBT community representation […]

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Weekly Wrap: How WSOC’s & WBTV’s lazy journalism hurt the LGBT community

Weekly Wrap: How WSOC’s & WBTV’s lazy journalism hurt the LGBT community

The Weekly Wrap — the most important, impactful and interesting news stories, ideas, cultural trends or just plain-old fun and oddball items I found this week. [There’s only one item this week, folks. This item needed some room for thought and expansion. We’ll be back to a wider rundown and shorter commentary next week. If you’re in […]

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