Campaign to traverse state

Carolina News Notes

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE), headquartered in this Western mountain town, is taking to the road for its third stage of the WE DO Campaign (WDC) to share the message of LGBT equality on the federal level.

This national effort takes place from May 9-11 across North Carolina. It will visit small towns and cities.

“The purpose of the WE DO Campaign is to express the full equality of LGBT people in public life; to resist unjust state laws; and to call for full LGBT equality under federal law. In all of our actions, we express love toward those who oppose LGBT rights and those whose job it is to enforce discriminatory laws.”

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CSE asserts that full humanity and equality of LGBT people should be part of American life. It works for increased public support as a focus for its action.

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Fearra serves as the executive director.

Part of the focus for the state tour is volunteer training and information sessions. During the meetings and as part of the education process, participants will have the opportunity to see a video on the WE DO Campaign. No matter what the outcome of the Amendment One vote, the benefit of attending and participating in the initiative are considered vital, the Campaign’s facilitators said.

It seeks LGBT couples who would be interested in applying for (and being denied) a marriage license. Allies are also needed to serve as support teams.

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During the three-day period, LGBT couples across the state are encouraged to go to their registrar’s office to attempt to get a marriage license as a way to resist unjust laws while supporters rally them on. Clergy will also be encouraged to serve as part of the support and peacemaking teams.

At press time, sessions will be held on April 24, 6:30-8 p.m., at Pilgrim UCC, Fellowship Hall, 3011 Academy Rd., Durham; April 25, 6:30-8 p.m., at an undisclosed location in Wilson; April 26, 6:30-8 p.m., AIDS Care Service, 995 Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem; and April 28, 5-7 p.m., First Congregational UCC, Friendship Hall, 20 Oak St., Asheville, CSE family dinner and training.

Actions are already slated for the afternoon in Durham on May 9, Winston-Salem on May 10 and May 11 in Asheville.

For more information on training and information sessions, call Lindsey Simerly, campaign manager, at 828-761-1224, email lindsey@southernequality.org or visit southernequality.org.

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Posted by Lainey Millen

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