NC Policy Watch, the ACLU of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina are proud to announce a very special Crucial Conversation in Charlotte —
Winning the Freedom to Marry in North Carolina
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Featuring Chris Brook, Legal Director of the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation; Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality North Carolina; and plaintiffs in two federal lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples:
- Charlotte parents Lee Knight Caffery and Dana Draa, plaintiffs in Fisher-Borne v. Smith, a federal lawsuit on behalf of six North Carolina families challenging North Carolina’s bans on second-parent adoption and marriage for same-sex couples, and
- Lennie Gerber of High Point, who along with Perlin Berlin, her partner of 48 years, is a lead plaintiff in Gerber and Berlin v. Cooper, a federal lawsuit filed in April on behalf of three married, same-sex couples seeking state recognition of their marriages that is asking the court to take swift action because of the serious medical condition of one member of each couple.
Seventeen states across the country have granted the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, and federal courts in ten more have overturned their state’s marriage bans as unconstitutional. In North Carolina, four federal lawsuits have been filed challenging this state’s harmful and discriminatory ban on marriage for same-sex couples, and the federal appeals court with jurisdiction over North Carolina recently heard arguments in a challenge to Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. How could a ruling in that case affect North Carolina’s law? What is the status of the North Carolina lawsuits? And more importantly, when will all North Carolinians have the freedom to marry the person they love?
Join these policy advocates and plaintiffs for a Crucial Conversation about winning the freedom to marry in North Carolina.
When: Thursday, May 29 at noon – Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.
Where: Harris Hall at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St. downtown Charlotte.
Space is limited – pre-registration required.
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Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or firstname.lastname@example.org