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Let’s make Tuesday, Nov. 8

An Historic Election Day for Equality

North Carolinians have turned out in near-record numbers during the state’s early voting period and that includes Faithful Voters for Equality.

We have met a number those voters across the state during the previous week as we have collected their stories about why as people of faith they are supporting equality at the ballot box.

It’s truly gratifying to hear their stories. But despite some 2 million votes already cast, it only represents 40 percent of the electorate in North Carolina.

That means Election Day 2016 – Tuesday, Nov. 8 – will be critically important for equality voters, especially persons of faith, to make their voices known as never before. We hope you’ll share this link to TurnOutNC’s Faithful Voters for Equality page between now and Tuesday – within your church family and on social media sites – to help make that happen.

North Carolina’s HB2 has been described as the most oppressive piece of discriminatory legislation in the nation – unmercifully targeting transgender individuals and cruelly codifying prejudice and discrimination toward all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

People of faith – like the ones we have been talking two at the polls and other locations – understand the toll such discrimination takes on the lives of LGBT individuals, their families, our communities and our state.

Let’s send a signal to the nation – legalized discrimination toward any group will not stand in North Carolina! 

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Faithful Voters for Equality

North Carolina’s HB2 legislation provided a stark reminder of the social hostility that still exists in our state.  Affirming faith communities recognize and understand the oppression and are taking a strong and very visible stand this election by voting for Pro-Equality Candidates.

Tim Barnsback | Candidate for NC House District 86

TurnOutNC, a product of Equality North Carolina and the Human Rights Campaign, are capturing those voices across North Carolina during the early voting process in a social media campaign between now and Election Day on November, 8.   #AffirmationInAction, #VoteEquality

Their voices demonstrate how society is moving in a different direction – towards more and more faith communities serving our LGBTQ neighbors with love, acceptance, and celebration.

We hope you will join us during this campaign which highlights how affirming people of faith are helping to make a difference in North Carolina by voting for Pro-Equality Candidates.The photos and videos being captured at polling places across the state to demonstrate how these affirming faith families and individuals are voting Pro-Equality.

You can join us in this campaign. If you haven’t voted, please do so between now and Nov. 5, when the early voting period ends and take a selfie outside your polling place and email it to Brent Childers, director of Equality NC’s faith outreach program, at brent@equalitync.org.

Thank you for your participation in this important action for equality in North Carolina. Your participation will help us encourage persons of faith to take a stand for equality with their votes during this election.

Melissa Betancur | Sociology Student | North Carolina State University

Melissa Betancur | Sociology Student | North Carolina State University

“I consider myself a person of inclusive faith and I’m inspired to vote Pro-Equality this year because, seeing HB2 really made me want to go out, get involved, and make my vote count. When I vote, I consider things like education, families in need, and ways that we can equally progress and not be marginalized by certain groups or systems of people. We need Pro-Equality candidates so that our whole state can thrive.”

 

Brian Crisp | Community Ministry Coordinator: Pullen Memorial Baptist Church | Raleigh, North Carolina

Brian Crisp | Community Ministry Coordinator: Pullen Memorial Baptist Church | Raleigh, North Carolina

“I identify as a person of affirming faith and I am inspired to vote Po-Equality because it is my conviction that communities and faith leaders should stand for and with the LGBTQ community.  I support candidates who will commit to improving the lives of everyone and not just some. Our congregation has supported and fought for equality since the early 90’s and we are proud to continue fighting until everyone is treated fairly in our state.”

Susan Starling | Translator | Raleigh, North Carolina

Susan Starling | Translator | Raleigh, North Carolina

“I am inspired to vote for pro-Equality candidates because the future of NC should rely in the hands of political leaders with good character. “We should not have people in office that lead through fear, they should, instead; lead with love. Pro-Equality candidates endorsed by #TurnOutNorthCarolina, would be sure to keep everyone’s best interest at heart while steering the direction of our great state.”

Art Sherwood | Lenoir N.C. | Democratic Candidate for N.C. Senate

Art Sherwood | Lenoir N.C. | Democratic Candidate for N.C. Senate

Art is a supporter of equality and has received the endorsement of Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign. He is a former trustee at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He says his Christian faith is opposed to discrimination toward LGBT individuals. “I’m delighted to represent my position as Christian and supporter of gay rights and all human rights.” VoteProEquality #AffirmationInAction

Amy and Cheryl Bright | Greenville, N.C. | Willis Center Early Voting site in Greenville, N.C  

Amy and Cheryl Bright | Greenville, N.C. | Willis Center Early Voting site in Greenville, N.C

 

“We are persons of faith and we think it is extremely important to vote because equality is very important to us because we are married and it took us a long time to be able to get there.”

Josh Stein | Raleigh, N.C. | Candidate for NC House 40

Josh Stein | Raleigh, N.C. | Candidate for NC House 40

“I am a part of an affirming faith community, Temple Beth Or. And I am very proud to be endorsed by Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign for Attorney General. I am voting Pro-Equality because I am a Pro-Equality candidate, and I want to make sure that the support I have in office and in the community are reflective of great character, hard word, and a love for everyone. I have dedicated my life to making sure that the great state of North Carolina will always be an inclusive and loving place for everyone.” #AffirmationInAction

Kaitlyn Maine and Michael Allen

Kaitlyn Maine and Michael Allen

“The world is constantly changing and certain things about this election are really rubbing us the wrong way. Spiritually, emotionally, and fiscally, many people throughout our state are suffering the consequences of a very bad leadership. We are constantly trying to move our state forward, but political leaders who are only considering their own greed, wealth, and well-being are keeping us from progressing. We need people who are a true representation of North Carolina. I know that we have so much more to offer our state than bigotry, ignorance, and greed. We need Pro-Equality leaders who will take a stand and fight for all of us, not just some of us.” #VoteProEquality

Mike R. | Pro-Equality Voter | Wake County Election Commission, Early Voting Site

Mike R. | Pro-Equality Voter | Wake County Election Commission, Early Voting Site

“I am engaged to my beautiful fiancé who lives here in North Carolina but is not allowed to vote yet because she hasn't been granted citizenship. I vote Pro-Equality not only for myself but for her as well. She doesn't have the opportunity to vote even though the results of the campaign could have a huge impact on both of our lives.” #AffirmationInAction