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Protesters gather for marriage rights at S.C. Capitol

Originally posted: Nov. 14, 2008, 10:51 a.m.Updated: Nov. 15, 2008, 9 p.m. View more Carolinas Prop. 8 Protest photos COLUMBIA — Working quickly on short notice, local activists organized a protest to join the nationwide demonstration for gay marriage rights Nov. 15, attracting about 150 people to the sidewalk in front of the Capitol. – …

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Communities band together for Carolinas Prop. 8 protests

1,000 expected in Raleigh, at least eight protest locations region-wide

Originally published: Nov. 13, 2008, 10:45 a.m.Updated: Nov. 13, 2008, 11:04 a.m. View more Carolinas Prop. 8 Protest photos In a national show of frustration, anger, sadness and Pride combined, a spontaneous, national day of action has risen up out of the ashes of California’s Proposition 8 passage. As thousands of California LGBT and straight …

N.C., S.C. Prop. 8 Protest Locations

Originally published: Nov. 11, 2008, 11:40 a.m. Updated: Nov. 14, 2008, 9:30 a.m. – – – advertisement – – – Quick Read/Updates What: Part of a nationwide, spontaneous and grassroots organizing effort, protests against the passage of the anti-gay Proposition 8 in California, and other anti-gay ballot initiatives in other states, have been planned for …

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Clock ticks down to statewide LGBT conference

RALEIGH — The statewide LGBT advocacy group EqualityNC is celebrating the election results. Of the 58 candidates they endorsed in the 2008 election, 50 won their races. The group is also counting the time until the kickoff of their second annual, statewide Equality Conference and Gala next Saturday, Nov. 15. Last year the group managed …

Gay Carolina businessman on Charlie Rose

Gay North Carolina businessman Mitchell Gold will appeared on Charlie Rose’s nationally-syndicated talk show Thursday evening. Gold discussed his new book “CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America.” Several Carolinas leaders, including this writer, appear in the book, available at area Borders, Barnes & …

Ketner concedes in S.C. First District race

Originally published: Nov. 5, 2008 2:10 p.m.Updated: Nov. 5, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CHARLESTON — Democrat Linda Ketner has conceded to incumbent Republican U.S. House Rep. Henry Brown in the race for South Carolina’s First Congressional District. – – – advertisement – – – At mid-day Wednesday, only two of the five counties in the district …

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Group celebrates endorsed candidates’ wins

RALEIGH — The statewide LGBT advocacy organization in North Carolina today announced that 50 of their 59 endorsed candidates won in the 2008 election, including all of the endorsed incumbents. EqualityNC endorsed candidates ranging from N.C. House and Senate races to judicial and executive candidates. – – – advertisement – – – Among those endorsed …

70 percent voter turnout expected

CHARLOTTE — As voters head to the polls to cast their ballot, election officials across the Carolinas are preparing for what could be the largest turnout in decades, as much as 70 percent or more in North Carolina. Both the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns have spent considerable time in North Carolina. On Monday, Sen. …

2.5 million cast early ballots in N.C.

RALEIGH — Preliminary numbers released by the N.C. State Board of Elections indicate that 2.5 million people cast their ballots in the state’s early voting period, which ended Saturday evening. That represents more than 40% of all registered voters in the state. Voters battled hours-long lines from Oct. 16 to Nov. 1 across the Tar …

Safe schools targeted in 2009

North Carolina News Notes

Charlotte   Mancini accepting applications CHARLOTTE — The Wesley Mancini Foundation is accepting applications until Nov. 1 for the grant period of Jan.1-Dec. 31, 2009. Grants are awarded to fund specific projects and are not awarded to cover general operating expenses. The Foundation’s mission is to provide funding for projects that promote the inclusion of …