Fort Bragg Army Base Hosts First Same-Sex UnionPhoto by Elizabeth Frantz for The Fayetteville Observer
via Advocate.com

Fort Bragg, one of the nation’s top military bases, hosted its first celebration of a same-sex relationship Saturday, with a ceremony blessing the union of Army Maj. Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor.
The ceremony was not technically a wedding, as same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in North Carolina, where Fort Bragg is located. The couple had wed in August in Washington, D.C., which does offer legal marriages to gay couples. But the Rev. Harry Abernathy conducted an Episcopal ritual of blessing, similar to a marriage ceremony, for Toven and Taylor at Fort Bragg’s chapel, reports The Fayetteville Observer. “He added that the couple’s relationship was a sign of God’s love,” the paper notes.

Fort Bragg Army Base Hosts First Same-Sex Union
Photo by Elizabeth Frantz for The Fayetteville Observer

via Advocate.com

Fort Bragg, one of the nation’s top military bases, hosted its first celebration of a same-sex relationship Saturday, with a ceremony blessing the union of Army Maj. Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor.

The ceremony was not technically a wedding, as same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in North Carolina, where Fort Bragg is located. The couple had wed in August in Washington, D.C., which does offer legal marriages to gay couples. But the Rev. Harry Abernathy conducted an Episcopal ritual of blessing, similar to a marriage ceremony, for Toven and Taylor at Fort Bragg’s chapel, reports The Fayetteville Observer. “He added that the couple’s relationship was a sign of God’s love,” the paper notes.

7 months ago · 1,114 notes · Source

Here are some of the best twitter reactions to North Caroline passing Amendment:

  •  / @thinkprogress
    FACT: Last time North Carolina amended their constitution on marriage it was to ban interracial marriage 
  • / ‏ @ScottNevins
    North Carolina doesn’t look much different today then it did back then does it?   

  •  /  @gaybachelorblog 
    So I can marry my first cousin (female) in North Carolina but not the man I love? What year is this? 
     
  • / ‏ @TheTweetOfGodVery disappointing, North Carolina. Especially since you’ve been South Carolina’s lawfully wedded top since 1789

  • ‏ @JohnFugelsangNorth Carolina - Where Homophobes Teabag Liberty.

2 years ago · 36 notes · Source

2 years ago · 8 notes

wickedclothes:

There’s already a Change.org petition against the passing of Amendment One, which banned same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships in North Carolina. These things actually tend to be pretty damn effective.

Let’s see what the power of Tumblr can do! I know there’s at least a million Tumblr users who are against this sort of harmful discrimination and bigotry.

Sign the petition and reblog to spread the word, please!

2 years ago · 11,752 notes · Source · Reblogged from homosexualpride

dangatorium:

North Carolina: Forging Ahead
By Bill Dixon

dangatorium:

North Carolina: Forging Ahead

By Bill Dixon

2 years ago · 50 notes · Reblogged from imbilldixon

knowhomo:

(following from Washington Post)
North Carolina passes gay
marriage ban Amendment One
Posted by Rachel Weiner at 09:17 PM ET, 05/08/2012


North Carolina voters have passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage today via a statewide ballot measure, according the Associated Press.
North Carolina already had a statute banning gay marriage. Amendment One declares that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state” — vague language that opponents say could threaten domestic partnership protections for all couples while closing the door to any sort of same-sex unions.
Twenty-eight states have constitutional amendments that ban gay marriage; another ten ban it by statute. Until today, North Carolina was the only state in the South did not have a constitutional ban.
While the country is about evenly split on gay marriage in polls, supporters have yet to succeed at the ballot box. Statewide ballot measures on gay marriage have come up 31 times since 1998. Advocates for gay marriage lost each time.
Amendment One opponents were better funded than Amendment One rivals. But Jeremy Kennedy, campaign manager for the anti-amendment Coalition to Protect North Carolina’s Families, told The Fixbefore the results came in that too much of that money came late in the race.

knowhomo:

(following from Washington Post)

North Carolina passes gay

marriage ban Amendment One

 at 09:17 PM ET, 05/08/2012

North Carolina voters have passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage today via a statewide ballot measure, according the Associated Press.

North Carolina already had a statute banning gay marriage. Amendment One declares that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state” — vague language that opponents say could threaten domestic partnership protections for all couples while closing the door to any sort of same-sex unions.

Twenty-eight states have constitutional amendments that ban gay marriage; another ten ban it by statute. Until today, North Carolina was the only state in the South did not have a constitutional ban.

While the country is about evenly split on gay marriage in polls, supporters have yet to succeed at the ballot box. Statewide ballot measures on gay marriage have come up 31 times since 1998. Advocates for gay marriage lost each time.

Amendment One opponents were better funded than Amendment One rivals. But Jeremy Kennedy, campaign manager for the anti-amendment Coalition to Protect North Carolina’s Families, told The Fixbefore the results came in that too much of that money came late in the race.

2 years ago · 197 notes · Reblogged from knowhomo

ryansallans:

All of you who live in North Carolina. Please go out and vote AGAINST Amendment One tomorrow! 

ryansallans:

All of you who live in North Carolina. Please go out and vote AGAINST Amendment One tomorrow! 

2 years ago · 178 notes · Reblogged from ryansallans

Confronting Rep. Jim Crawford on Amendment One

Rep. Jim Crawford (Person, Granville Counties) is confronted by a constituent about his co-sponsorship of an amendment to the NC Constitution that would limit recognition of legal partnerships in NC solely to “a marriage between a man and woman.” Visit www.progressnc.org for the facts on this amendment, including opinions by respected legal experts on how this badly-worded amendment would create havoc with existing protections and rights for all non-married couples in North Carolina, gay and straight alike.

2 years ago · 3 notes

2 years ago · 186 notes · Reblogged from gaywrites


Equality For All by lindseyloveology on Flickr.

Equality For All by lindseyloveology on Flickr.

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