Gay Marriage http://wunc.org en First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Announces Divorce http://wunc.org/post/first-openly-gay-episcopal-bishop-announces-divorce Bishop Gene Robinson says he and his husband, Mark Andrew, are getting a divorce. The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Robinson retired last year, a decade after his election alienated many conservative Anglicans.<p>The pair had been together for 25 years. Sun, 04 May 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 34927 at http://wunc.org First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Announces Divorce ACLU Files Lawsuit Asking To Block State's Marriage Amendment http://wunc.org/post/aclu-files-lawsuit-asking-block-states-marriage-amendment <p>The national and state ACLU have filed lawsuits in federal district court in Greensboro, asking a judge to block the state's marriage amendment.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:23:27 +0000 Jessica Jones 33541 at http://wunc.org ACLU Files Lawsuit Asking To Block State's Marriage Amendment Lawsuit Challenging Ban On Same-Sex Marriage In NC Waiting To Be Heard http://wunc.org/post/lawsuit-challenging-ban-same-sex-marriage-nc-waiting-be-heard <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Every night before bedtime, Shana Carignan goes through a special ritual with her six-year-old son, Jax. "Arright buddy, you know the drill! We’re going to have to giggle, get the bubbles out, right?," she says.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:23:51 +0000 Jessica Jones 30385 at http://wunc.org Lawsuit Challenging Ban On Same-Sex Marriage In NC Waiting To Be Heard Moral Monday Groups Focus On Mobilizing Voters http://wunc.org/post/moral-monday-groups-focus-mobilizing-voters <p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jorge Valencia 30316 at http://wunc.org Moral Monday Groups Focus On Mobilizing Voters Gay Parents Struggle To Adopt http://wunc.org/post/gay-parents-struggle-adopt <p></p><p>When Julie Edmunds and Sara Terry became the first North Carolina family to get a second parent adoption back in 2004, they had no idea it might all be taken away from them. A second parent adoption is when someone adopts the child of a partner who he or she is not married to. In North Carolina, a state where same sex couples can’t be married, it’s an important tool.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Edmunds and Terry had their second-parent adoption back in 2004, back when it was still possible to do so.</span></p><p>“I still remember to this day the judge standing there and saying… ‘I deal so much with people who are trying to avoid taking responsibility for their children that it’s just wonderful to see somebody wanting to take responsibility…’” Edmunds said. &nbsp;</p><p>But a court ruling in 2010 said that unmarried couples had no right to second parent adoptions in the state, possibly throwing the legal rights of people like Edmunds and Terry into question.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:49:02 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 20000 at http://wunc.org Gay Parents Struggle To Adopt DOMA And Voting Rights Act Decisions’ Impact On North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/doma-and-voting-rights-act-decisions-impact-north-carolina <p>Two landmark decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court last week could have serious implications for North Carolina. Justices struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, leaving southern states free to pursue changes to election law without prior federal approval. The court also struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, saying that same-sex couples are entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual couples. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:14:47 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 18295 at http://wunc.org DOMA And Voting Rights Act Decisions’ Impact On North Carolina Raleigh Gay Rights Activists Welcome Supreme Court Ruling http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-gay-rights-activists-welcome-supreme-court-ruling <p>Yesterday's <a href="/post/high-court-strikes-down-defense-marriage-act">ruling on same sex marriage by the US Supreme Court </a>does not open the door for gay marriages in North Carolina. The court ruled individual states can continue to decide whether they will allow same sex marriage. Last year, voters in North Carolina added Amendment One to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman.</p><p>So, while gay rights activists across the country celebrated the rulings this week, the gay community in North Carolina faced a different scenario – they're happy for gays across the country, but still can’t get married in their home state. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:34:30 +0000 Sam Sanders 17941 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Gay Rights Activists Welcome Supreme Court Ruling