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Hundreds March Against Anti-Gay Amendment One in Raleigh, NC: VIDEO

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Nc4Hundreds of people took to the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina yesterday to rally against Amendment One, which would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in the state, and will appear on the ballot on May 8.

The News Observer reports:

Nc_raleighParticipants said they hoped their message about the harm that would come with the amendment’s passage would make voters think about how unmarried couples and their children should be treated. The crowd included toddlers, teenagers, workers in their 50s, gay people, straight people and a few Libertarians.

Speakers at a rally behind the Legislative Building said it was important for opponents to talk to their neighbors and family members about defeating the amendment.

“It changes their minds as soon as you realize your daughter or your best friend or your roommate in college is gay,” said Cory Livengood of Raleigh. “It’s a lot harder to pull that lever.”

Watch NBC17's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

A larger update on the fight against Amendment One, HERE.

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Vandal Sprays 'Fags Burn' and 'Die' Graffiti on North Carolina State University GLBT Center

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The GLBT Center in Harrelson Hall at North Carolina State University in Raleigh was vandalized Monday night with graffiti painted over its doors and showcase reading "fags burn" and "die", the Technician Online reports:

Sergeant Jeff Sutton of Campus Police said the vandalism occurred in a span of about 25 minutes, some time between 8:30 and 9 p.m. "We do not have any suspects at this time. We're going to try to look at some camera footage going into Harrelson Hall during that time frame," Sutton said.

Adam Ward, a graduate student in comparative biomedical sciences, is a graduate adviser for the GLBT Center. "No one was able to see who sprayed-painted this, but believe me, there will be a University response. We will continue working with University Police, and I thank all of our community members and allies for standing up for equality and what's right," Ward said in a Facebook post.

The graffiti is being investigated as a "hate incident".


Watch: Thousands Rally for Constitutional Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage in North Carolina

Perkins

Thousands of conservative Christians rallied in Raleigh, North Carolina yesterday in support of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The AP reports:

"It's time. It's time, North Carolina, it's time," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told a cheering crowd on the Halifax Mall. "It's time to protect from those in Washington and those activist judges who are willing to aid those who want to redefine and ultimate destroy marriage."

Writes the Fayetteville Observer:

State Capitol Police estimated about 3,500 people participated in the marriage amendment rally behind the Legislative Building and organized by the Forsyth County-based Return America group. Visitors carried placards, American and Christian flags and listened to ministers and other speakers argue it's time for the voters to cast yes or no votes for the amendment.

North Carolina is the only Southeastern state that hasn't approved an amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman. Thirty states have that prohibition in their state constitutions.

The AP adds:

About a dozen lawmakers were introduced at the rally, including two key House Republicans who said the question would be heard in the Legislature in 2011.

"It will get done this year," House Majority Leader Paul Stam, R-Wake, told the crowd.

Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said later it was likely the amendment also would be considered in his chamber this year, either in the current session or in an extra session later that would examine proposed constitutional amendments.

And watch the entire rally, via WRAL, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Four Engaging Videos from NOM's Hate Rally in Raleigh

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Yes, the National Organization for Marriage's rally is still continuing, and stopped in Raleigh, North Carolina. NOM Tour Tracker is doing an excellent job of covering it, and reports that 61 NOM supporters were met by 255 equality activists in Raleigh.

Among them was our friend, blogger Pam Spaulding. Pam has a full report here.

Below are four videos shot by NOM Tour Tracker.

In the first, Arisha Michelle Hatch has a civilized debate with anti-gay Pastor Olden Thornton. Pam Spaulding is interviewed in the second video.

On the bottom row, NOM tour Tracker talks to nutty NOM supporter Joann Beckman, "who spouts incredibly offensive stereotypes about the 'black community'; cites debunked NOM-affiliated Ruth Institute 'research' on how children of same-sex parents are 'unhappy children' who are products of “genetic manipulation”; and more."

The final video features Tony and Gary Kierkegard with their adopted children Austin and Britney.


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