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Senate leader and LGBT ally Martin Nesbitt dies at 67

March 7, 2014 in In Memoriam by Matt Comer

State Sen. Martin Nesbitt, a veteran lawmaker and LGBT community ally, died on Thursday at age 67, ten days after a stomach cancer diagnosis.

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Report details spending in 2012 marriage campaigns

March 4, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

A new report from a national investigative, non-partisan organization is profiling the top funders in the five marriage-related ballot initiatives across the U.S. in 2012, including North Carolina’s Amendment 1.

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The radical right’s last cries

February 28, 2014 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

A dozen states across the country, including our own North Carolina, are in the process (or recently were in the process) of considering draconian laws allowing carte blanche discrimination against LGBT people and other minorities.

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‘Turn away gays’ bills dead after Arizona veto?

February 27, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed her state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Wednesday, as legislators in Mississippi moved to soften their own version of the bill. Several other states with similar legislation have also backed down from their plans to consider them.

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N.C. could consider Arizona-style anti-gay discrimination bill

February 21, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

North Carolina legislators last year proposed a bill opening the door to legal discrimination against LGBT people and other minorities by individuals, businesses and, potentially, government officials who claim objections due to religious belief.

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Anti-gay group goes on attack as Moral March nears

February 5, 2014 in News by Matt Comer

LGBT and progressive activists are turning a rightwing hashtag on Twitter on its head, as the anti-gay group goes on the attack before this weekend’s Moral March in Raleigh.

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2013 Year in Review

December 20, 2013 in News by QNotes Staff

qnotes has scoured its archives and presents its most memorable, most read and most interesting news and feature stories from 2013.

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2013 Year in Review: Memory making stories cross the Carolinas’ landscape

December 20, 2013 in Featured Stories, News by Lainey Millen

Our recap from our Carolinas News Notes column netted a host of great reads from the year.

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Equality NC hires new leader

August 20, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

Equality North Carolina, a statewide LGBT advocacy organization, announced yesterday that it has hired Chris Sgro as its new executive director.

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UNC system bans gender-inclusive housing on all 17 campuses

August 9, 2013 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

The University of North Carolina system Board of Governors will consider a proposal to ban gender-inclusive housing on all 17 campuses of the university system at a meeting next week.

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Triangle: Legislative session ends with dramatic changes

August 2, 2013 in Carolinas News Notes by Matt Comer

The North Carolina General Assembly closed out its session this year on July 26 with a bevy of new legislative initiatives that many say will alter the state.

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Compromise budget cuts $8 million from AIDS drug program

July 22, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

The latest version of North Carolina’s state budget retains an $8 million cut in essential funding for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), say advocates who have been pushing against the cuts.

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State budget could cut AIDS drug program funding

July 16, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

The North Carolina AIDS Action Network is urging its supporters this week to speak out against proposed cuts to the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

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N.C. attorney general won’t block ACLU marriage suit

July 12, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced his office will not block the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina’s move to challenge the state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment on marriage.

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McCrory says he would sign House version of abortion bill

July 12, 2013 in News by Mark Binker

Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday that he would sign an abortion measure passed by the House this week if it comes to his desk unaltered.

North Carolina joins front line in gay marriage fight

July 10, 2013 in News by The Charlotte Observer

ACLU of North Carolina seeks to challenge anti-LGBT constitutional amendment on marriage.

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On this day, recommit yourself to the cause of liberty

July 4, 2013 in Editorial by Matt Comer

Today, take a moment from the celebration to remember our history and to recommit yourself to those eternal words which propelled our forefathers’ seemingly impossible dream into a reality.

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N.C. Senate passes slate of abortion restrictions

July 3, 2013 in Breaking News by Matt Comer

The North Carolina Senate voted 29-12 to pass expanded restrictions on abortions in a bill hastily amended and considered during a committee hearing on Tuesday evening.

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After DOMA ruling, Young Dems want Amendment One repeal

June 27, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

The Young Democrats of North Carolina are calling for an immediate repeal of Amendment One, North Carolina’s anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment passed by voters in May 2012.

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Preachers and activists push for broad progressive movement

June 5, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

Religious leaders and political activists from Charlotte spoke out at a North Carolina NAACP-sponsored rally last night on the need for a broader progressive coalition and movement.