Gold takes a stand

Charlotte Business Journal explores the beginnings of campaigns to stop the anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. Reporter Erik Spanberg interviews Faith in America founder Mitchell Gold, who was recently honored on Capitol Hill. Read Spanberg’s report (requires subscription)…

Spaulding: Outreach to African-American community key

Durham blogger Pam Spaulding weighs in with her own thoughts on Equality North Carolina’s new executive director and new polling suggesting the amendment has as much as a 61 percent lead among voters. Spaulding says, “I’m sorry to say that the same poll reflects a fundamental piece of work that Equality NC and amendment opponents have to deal with — reaching black Democrats; that demo supports the amendment 70% to 25%. IMHO, what is key is to mobilize our affirming faith communities of color – they must challenge these voters to not just think beyond their personal religious beliefs, but to the unconstitutional foundation of this amendment – it will reflect one specific worldview of civil rights (openly defended by its sponsors as reflecting religious beliefs) — what is next?” Read Spaulding’s full post…

‘We Do’ activists intensify efforts

Asheville’s “We Do” Campaign (covered at qnotes here, here, here and here) ends today after two weeks. Organizers say they will “intensify” tactics, ending with a public action and civil disobedience. Mountain XPress has their full press release…

NCSU: Resounding disapproval for student government action

The North Carolina State University Student Senate is considering a resolution opposing the anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. The editorial board of the campus’ student newspaper, The Technician, isn’t pleased. They write, “While SB 514 is a politically straining issue for our state, it is not the Student Senate’s responsibility to act as the surrogate opinion for the student body. If an individual does not approve of the amendment and would like to take action, it is the individual’s responsibility—not Student Senate’s.” Read the paper’s full editorial…

In bed with hate extremists

Maggie Gallagher, current board member and former chair of the National Organization for Marriage, went out of her way this past weekend to thank the Family Research Council, a Southern Poverty Law Center-certified hate group, for their partnership as they head into amendment initiatives in Minnesota and North Carolina. Equality Matters has the video and commentary…

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.