On the Ground in North Carolina

As the Democratic Party prepared to ratify its platform of endorsing marriage and employment equality for LGBT citizens in North Carolina during the Democratic National Convention, state resident Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara reflected on the political and moral dilemma that North Carolina embodies. In North Carolina, as well as many other states, LGBT citizens are not offered any legal protection against discrimination. They cannot marry or form civil unions. They can be fired from their jobs for no other reason than being LGBT. As Rev. Beach-Ferrara put it: “Discrimination is firmly codified in our state laws and constitution.”


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