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Asheville, N.C. (June 26, 2013) – “These rulings represent two significant steps forward in our nation’s journey to equal rights for LGBT people. As we continue to advocate for same-sex marriage and full LGBT equality in the South these rulings give us hope. However, we live in a region of the country that is not likely to adopt same-sex marriage on a state-by-state basis in the near future, despite growing public support for marriage equality. Fundamental civil rights such as marriage and protection from discrimination in employment and housing must be granted to all citizens of the United States regardless of which state they call home. Same-sex families living in the South lack basic legal protections, which result in harm and suffering; we will keep working to achieve equal rights for LGBT people in the South as quickly as possible,” says Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality.
Based in the South, the Campaign for Southern Equality is a national effort to assert the full humanity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in American life and to increase public support for LGBT rights.