Hundreds in Charlotte, N.C., protest Prop 8, rally for LGBT rights
Published Nov 24, 2008 3:47 PM
Some 300 people rallied outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center in
downtown Charlotte on Nov. 15, part of a national day of protest against
California’s Prop 8. The narrowly passed proposition denies the right of
lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to marry and receive the more than 1,000
benefits that marriage entails.
Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 15.
Photo: Carol Marley
There were a large number of energetic youth in the crowd. People driving by
honked and raised their fists in support, as chants of “Out of the
closet, into the streets!” filled the air.
Some of the signs read: “Yes we can.” “You can’t outlaw
love.” “Ban H8.” “Marriage is a human right.”
“Gay rights are human rights.” Many of the signs were homemade.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s student newspaper
reported: “To open up the program, two choral groups, Gay Men’s
Chorus of Charlotte and One Voice, serenaded the crowd. Following their
selections, Reverend Catherine Houchins of the Metropolitan Community Church
spoke and offered a blessing for those couples, gay and straight, who were in
serious and committed relationships. After Rev. Houchins, Mandy Plante,
Providence High School president of the Gay/Straight Alliance, gave a
captivating speech that promoted equality.” (nineronline.com, Nov.18)
Protests were held in hundreds of cities throughout the U.S., and are expected
to continue until marriage equality and equal rights for LGBT people are
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force states: “The 1,138 federal
benefits and protections of marriage are only available to couples that are
allowed to legally marry. These include Social Security survivor and spousal
benefits, the ability to file a joint tax return, immigration rights, and
coverage under the Family and Medical Leave Act. To date, civil unions are not
‘portable,’ meaning that when a couple moves to another state, none
of the benefits, rights or responsibilities coming from civil unions move with
The Charlotte protest was organized by UNC-Charlotte PRIDE. To get involved,
contact Braxton Midyette at 704-687-4150 or [email protected]
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