Writer Mary C. Curtis covers for Creative Loafing last week’s Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Luncheon and the keynote by Mitchell Gold:

He called attention to N.C. Senate bill 106/House bill 777 that would amend the state’s constitution to recognize as valid only marriage between a man and a woman and urged the crowd gathered at the Omni hotel to contact Senate leader Phil Berger and House speaker Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County. Opponents fear the bills would take away rights already available to some couples. Gold noted that his longtime union is recognized in the heartland state of Iowa but not in North Carolina, the home of his business Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Taylorsville for more than 20 years.

He said there are “two kinds of Republicans,” those who emphasize lower taxes and national security and those who focus on social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage. When a Republican friend assured Gold that he stood in the first camp, Gold said he replied, “Don’t do me any favors.” His advice? “Go change your party.”

Read, Curtis’ full article in her ongoing Democratic National Convention 2012 coverage: A challenge to Democrats and rebuke to Republicans on gay rights

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