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Tell the House: Don't Remove LGBT Protections

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Anti-LGBT extremists in the General Assembly are at it again. This time they are threatening to call a $42,000-a-day special legislative session in order to override Charlotte's recently passed nondiscrimination ordinance, which protects LGBT people and others from discrimination in public accommodations.

Tell your House representative to oppose the special session and support laws that extend equal treatment to LGBT North Carolinians!

Charlotte's ordinance means that businesses open to the public must be equally accessible to LGBT individuals and cannot discriminate against anyone simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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The shooting of Akiel Denkins, a 24-year-old African American father of two, by a Raleigh police officer points to the urgent need for Raleigh to adopt policies that will make its police department more transparent, combat biased policing, and hold officers accountable when they violate their pledge to protect and serve.

We join Akiel's family and the Raleigh community in demanding answers. But what we already know is that in North Carolina and across the nation, people of color are far too often victims of excessive use of force by police officers, often during routine encounters. In many cases, the officers involved are not held accountable.

Tell the Raleigh City Council to hold a public hearing on ways the Raleigh Police Department can be more transparent, combat biased policing, and hold officers accountable when they violate their pledge to protect and serve.

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Across the nation, opponents of equality have been pushing harmful measures that would allow individuals to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to harm others and discriminate. Last week, North Carolina became the latest state to consider such a dangerous proposal.

The "North Carolina Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (House Bill 348) would allow individuals to use their religious beliefs to discriminate against others, such as giving businesses the ability to deny services to LGBT North Carolinians and others.

Please take action today to ask your House representative to oppose HB 348!

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Two North Carolina couples the ACLU-NC is representing in a challenge to the state's discriminatory and harmful bans on second parent adoption and marriage for same-sex couples sat down with ACLU-NC Legal Director Chris Brook and Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro on Dec. 2 for a "Crucial Conversation" about LGBT and parenting rights, hosted by NC Policy Watch, the ACLU-NC, and Equality NC.

Watch the video above and please share - Parents in life, strangers on paper: How NC laws barring second-parent adoption and same-sex marriage jeopardizes families, children:

More information on the ACLU-NC lawsuit can be found here.

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