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Thousands March in Raleigh, NC for Equality, Push Back Against Republican Legislature: VIDEO

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Citing the “immoral” legislation enacted by Republican lawmakers in the state, thousands of dissatisfied North Carolina voters and activists rallied at the capitol in Raleigh over the weekend pushing for social justice. WUNC reports:

BarberOn Saturday morning, tens of thousands chanting and holding banners filled downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street from side to side for five blocks. They were there to hear The Rev. William Barber of the state NAACP. At the end of the street in front of an American flag that snapped over the old State Capitol building, Barber preached, his voice thundering through speakers.

“We are people, we are natives and immigrants, we are business leaders and workers and unemployed, we are doctors and the uninsured, we are gay, we are straight, we are student, we are parents, we are retirees,” Barber said. “We are North Carolina. We are America. And we are here, and we ain’t going nowhere.”

The “Mass Moral March” was organized to push against much of last year’s Republican-led legislation in the state, including new abortion restrictions, voter identification requirements, and cuts to unemployment benefits.

Check out footage of the rally, AFTER THE JUMP... 

Newsobserver reports than there were few counter-protesters at the march itself, but conservative organizations and leaders in the state later criticized the rally for its “divisive rhetoric” and “far-left agenda.”

“The so-called Moral March on Raleigh is anything but moral,” Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition, said in a news release. “It is spearheaded by groups that support abortion and homosexual marriage."


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  1. While it is good to show that there are Christians who support gay rights, religion needs to be removed from the argument all together.

    Posted by: Howard B | Feb 11, 2014 12:54:38 PM

  2. If nothing else I applaud the reclaiming of the word "moral."

    There is nothing immoral about either same-sex relationships nor responsible procreation. And certainly nothing immoral about allowing adults to make those decisions free from legislative interference. Good for them.

    Posted by: Lymis | Feb 11, 2014 1:05:46 PM

  3. Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition, said in a news release. “It is spearheaded by groups that support abortion and homosexual marriage."

    Spin away, Ms Fitzgerald.

    Fact is that 100,000 people braved the cold and took to the streets to participate in a rally for the oppressed. ALL oppressed. The unemployed, the underpaid, the marginalized, the victims of Republican/TeaParty obstructionist policies.

    They want a strong united NATION. Not a divided oligarchy of individual states where the privileged run roughshod over everyone else.

    Notice the spread in demographics. Every race, every age. Notice how many young were there. Millennials easily see through the repeated lies & rhetoric of the past decades.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Feb 11, 2014 1:14:24 PM

  4. This made NO sense. There were sermons by clearly a very religious person during the whole thing about being saved by the lord and you have LGBT holding rainbow flags? Do they realize a lot of folks in that same crowd voted against marriage equality in NC and that there are many anti gay democrats (and something tells me many were in that crowd). I'm just sayin now. I am VERY happy those LGBT who did attend went with their rainbow flags and represented the community but were the event members and organizers actually for us too?

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 12, 2014 8:51:47 AM

  5. Avoid the schvazz.

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 12, 2014 10:03:04 AM

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