Two Charlotte events this week to discuss N.C. marriage ban

Clergy and national officers with the United Church of Christ join with other local clergy and their legal counsel at a press conference announcing their lawsuit in April.

Clergy and national officers with the United Church of Christ join with other local clergy and their legal counsel at a press conference announcing their lawsuit in April.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two events on Thursday will delve into the various issues surrounding North Carolina’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment and several lawsuits currently seeking to overturn the marriage ban.

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North Carolina Policy Watch will hold one of its “Crucial Conversation” series in Charlotte on Thursday, Noon, at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. ACLU of North Carolina Legal Director Chris Brook will be joined in a panel discussion by Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality North Carolina, and plaintiffs in two federal lawsuits: Charlotte parents Lee Knight Caffery and Dana Draa who are plaintiffs in Fisher-Borne v. Smith and High Point’s Lennie Gerber, who along with her partner of 48 years, Pearle Berlin, are lead plaintiffs in Berlin v. Cooper.

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The event is $10 and includes a box lunch. Pre-registration is required.

That evening, a second panel discussion will speak on the newest of the three lawsuits, General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper. That case was filed in April in Charlotte. Lead attorneys Jake Sussman and Luke Largess will be joined by several plaintiffs, including couples and clergy. The event, 6:30-8 p.m., is free and will be hosted at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza. For more information on the event and the United Church of Christ’s lawsuit, visit amendmentonechallenge.org.

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Posted by Matt Comer

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

One Reply to “Two Charlotte events this week to discuss N.C. marriage ban”

  1. It would’ve been great to make the announcement sooner so that those of us who are impacted by Amendment One that don’t live in Charlotte could make arrangements.

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