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Oct 15, 2012

C&G Update: Rep. Larry Hall to Receive Equality NC Foundation 2012 Legislative Leadership Award

Rep. Larry Hall, 2012 Equality Foundation Legislative Champion

Equality NC Foundation is proud to announce that North Carolina Representative Larry Hall will be the recipient of our 2012 Legislative Leadership Award to be presented at this year's Equality Gala on November 17, in Greensboro.

Following Equality NC Foundation's daytime Equality Conference to be held at UNCG's Elliott Center from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, the gala will be held at the Empire Room in downtown Greensboro on Saturday, November 17, from 6:30 to 10:00 PM.

CLICK HERE for all the latest info about Equality NC Foundation's Sixth Annual Equality Conference & Gala where you can also register before early bird admission rates increase on October 27.

One of the strongest opponents of Amendment One, Rep. Hall is a four-term incumbent from anti-Amendment One Durham County, representing District 29. He is a Democratic "Whip" and permanently endeared himself to us during last year's heated legislative fight to stop Amendment One when he joined fellow representatives from the North Carolina General Assembly and North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP to speak out at press conferences, rallies, forums, and even later at the 2011 Equality Conference about its harms, calling it "the wrong way to go."

Last August 28, the Greensboro News & Record reported that Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the NC Values Coalition, "bristles at the idea that the marriage amendment is a civil rights issue. 'It’s not about civil rights, and it’s an insult to the civil rights movement to say so.'"

Rep. Hall fired back, “Tami Fitzgerald does not speak for the civil rights movement, its advocates, or its organizations. She and the groups she's worked for have consistently fought against human and civil rights issues that disproportionately affect poor minority citizens, who even now endure greater suffering due to her efforts. This so-called 'marriage amendment' is just such a discriminatory attack on a minority of our fellow citizens. I oppose this amendment because it is morally wrong, totally unnecessary, and damaging to our economy at the worst possible time.”

Hall, a former 1st vice president and executive committee member of the Durham Chapter of the NAACP, as well as life member of the NAACP, is also a decorated United States Marine Corps infantry officer. He also served for two terms as chairman of the NC Black Leadership Caucus and as a member of the State Economic Development Board. He is currently the chair of the State Courts Commission and a member of the State Innovation Council. And he is the recipient of the 2012 NC Justice Center’s “Defender of Justice Award.”

Want to meet Rep. Hall and others passionately committed to the cause of LGBT rights in North Carolina? Register NOW for the 2012 Equality Conference & Gala.

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