TJ and Justine with their daughter, who was born just after the passage of Amendment One in North Carolina.

Campaign for Southern Equality

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Dennis and Clifton after applying for a marriage license in Raleigh, NC on May 8, 2014 with Rev. Nancy Petty.

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TJ and Justine with their daughter, who was born just after the passage of Amendment One in North Carolina.

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WE DO Training In Hattiesburg

CSE works across the South to win equality for LGBT individuals and families in the areas of employment, housing and yes, marriage.

For too long, the South has been written off as unwinnable territory. We’re told we have to settle for incremental progress, with no definite timeline for full equality. But we don’t agree.

We know that LGBT people and allies across the South have a crucial role to play in the effort to achieve equal rights for LGBT individuals and families. We’re a scrappy little non-profit trying to make big things happen.

Specifically your tax-deductible gift will:

1) Allow us to run more stages of the WE DO Campaign.

To date more than 115 couples in seven Southern states have applied for marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign. This effort has been covered by USA Today, MSNBC, Chicago Tribune, AP and many more outlets, telling a new story about the urgent need for equality in the South.

We will continue running WE DO action in non-recognition states during 2015.

2) Expand CSE's LGBT Rights Toolkit.

During 2014, we held 13 Community Law Workshops across Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.

As we work for equal rights we must also help LGBT people protect themselves under current laws. Our free legal clinics and up-to-date information about resources and rights help folks know thier rights until a time when LGBT people are fully equal under law.

We will continue this work across the South until LGBTQ people are fully equal under the law.

3) Grow our Hometown Organizing Project.

CSE trains and empowers local leadership (LGBT folks and allies) across the South to create awareness about equality issues and work for legal rights in their own communities.

Our second annual “LGBT* in the South” conference that will take place in Asheville, North Carolina on April 17 & 18, 2015. Last year, more than 250 activists and organizers from across eight Southern states joined together for an amazing gathering that took place over two days. www.lgbtinthesouth.com.

4) Legal challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage.

Mississippi:

U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves issued a ruling on November 25 in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant, striking down Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage! Judge Reeves placed a 14-day stay on the order, meaning marriages cannot begin until December 10.

North Carolina:

On October 10, the Honorable Max O. Cogburn, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, struck down Amendment One and ordered the state to begin recognizing same-sex marriages!

General Synod of the UCC v. Reisinger is the historic case that won marriage equality in North Carolina.

Will you stand with us and support the Campaign for Southern Equality by making a tax-deductible donation today?


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Campaign for Southern Equality
PO BOX 364
ASHEVILLE, NC 28802

Phone
828.242.1559

Web
http://southernequality.org/

Email
info@southernequality.org

Mission
CSE works across the South to win equality for LGBT individuals and families in the areas of employment, housing and yes, marriage.

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