Faith organizations combine

RALEIGH, N.C. — ECWR (formerly Evangelicals Concerned Western Region) has recently joined forces with the Gay Christian Network (GCN). With this new effort now in play, ECWR has undergone dissolution and their experience, resources and ministry opportunities will now be shared with GCN.

Though now having formally paired with ECWR in the past, GCN has often worked with the organization to expand its vision of “sharing Christ’s light and love for all.”

A committee has been formed to find ways to blend ECWR’s offerings into GCN’s existing mission and structure. GCN welcomed ECWR’s members into the fold and hoped that ECWR’s work could continue under another entity.

Amendment wording gets explanation

RALEIGH, N.C. — Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Legislative Services Officer George Hall and Attorney General Roy Cooper were the three-member panel selected to explain the wording of Amendment One.

It seems that neither side found it favorable, according to The [Smithfield] Herald.

The text reads: “Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” It further states: “This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”

The difficult part was to define what a “domestic legal union” was.

People on both sides of the issue have stated that it failed to explain the measure’s purpose and that it did not state what would be at stake if it passed, the Herald added.

It’s now up to the voters of the state to take a side and cast their preference come May 8.

Diversity education goal of show

RALEIGH, N.C. — House of Electra, the recently chartered drag school chapter and the GLBT Center at North Carolina State University, held a Heroes and Villains show on March 16 which “highlighted the art of drag” and to “educate about GLBT rights,” The Technician reported.

“‘The motivation for this event is to educate students about drag culture and issues facing the GLBT community,’ Samuel Byrd [residence director for the North Bragaw Residence Hall] said.”

The House was opened by Karma Electra, a female impersonator and comedian, who relocated from Hollywood, Calif.

Information, along with discussion, was presented at the affair on Amendment One.

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Lainey Millen

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