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Get Equal Activists Arrested At North Carolina General Assembly

Get Equal activists including former candidate for the U.S. Senate Jim Neal, were arrested Thursday afternoon at North Carolina General Assembly for protesting against a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

WRAL.COM has the report:

Some proponents of gay rights were arrested Thursday after running out on the state House floor shouting “liberty and justice for all” while the chamber was in session.

The three protesters were with the North Carolina chapter of Get Equal, a political action group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, that opposes a constitutional amendment against gay marriage that is being considered in the General Assembly.

Those arrested Thursday were Jim Neal, an openly gay man who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2008, Angel Chandler, the group’s state organizer, and Mary Counce.

About 200 people rallied against the bill outside the Legislature Thursday afternoon. If passed, it would likely go to voters to decide on the issue in 2012.

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Here’s Get Equal Pres Release via Pam’s House Blend

Following GetEQUAL NC’s — a direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization; “Rally in Raleigh” today — an event to protest the anti-gay Senate Bill 106 — local gay activists were arrested for disrupting the legislative session in progress when they demanded full legal recognition for LGBT North Carolinians. Activists included Angel Chandler of GetEQUAL NC, the North Carolina chapter of the national organization GetEQUAL, Chandler’s partner, Mary Counce; and Asheville City councilman and 2008 U.S. Senate candidate James Neal. Shortly after entering the chamber, the activists began chanting “Liberty and Justice for All in North Carolina.” The activists were immediately taken into custody by police and are currently being booked and charged with “disorderly conduct and trespassing”.

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