- Fullsteam Fundraiser Against the Amendment, Fullsteam brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave., Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30–7:30 pm. Drink a brew and contribute to Durham's fight against the amendment by picking up yard signs and bumper stickers while learning how to defeat the amendment.
- On Sunday, Feb. 26, Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive in Raleigh, is hosting an all-day event on how to protect all North Carolina families from Amendment 1. Speakers include the Rev. Jimmy Creech and Ryan Rowe, Director of Faith Outreach for The Coalition to Protect NC Families.
- Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist, 106 Purefoy Road, is hosting several events leading up to the May vote, including its advocacy training sessions beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Individuals from The Coalition to Protect NC Families will lead the sessions, beginning at 6 pm.
Also, each Tuesday, beginning March 6 to May 15, the Community Church of Chapel Hill is phone banking to raise awareness about the discriminatory effects of DOMA.
- The Rev. William Barber, president of the N.C. NAACP, is the featured speaker at N.C. State University's Graduate Student Social Work Association voter registration drive. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4:30–6:30 p.m., at NCSU North Campus at Park Shops Bldg. No. 210.
Register to vote
You can't cast your ballot against DOMA if you haven't registered to vote. To register or to update your registration, download a form from the State Board of Elections and mail it to your county elections office. You can also visit that office in person.
- Chatham: 984 Thompson St., Suite D, Pittsboro
- Durham: 706 W. Corporation St., Durham
- Orange: 208 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough
- Wake: 337 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh
As Bob Geary reported on our Citizen blog last week, Clay Aiken, probably North Carolina's most famous openly gay citizen, has made a video for the Coalition to Protect NC Families against DOMA.
"Families look different. You have single-parent families, you have families with different races," he says. "We can't put into our constitution, a document that's supposed to protect our rights, one narrow definition."
Aiken pointed out that the amendment, which seeks to ban not just gay marriages but civil unions and other marriage-like contractual arrangements, could have damaging, if unintended consequences—like denying some kids their health insurance if their parent is no longer covered at work.