Through our Legal Equality Project, the Campaign for Southern Equality works across the South to strike down anti-LGBTQ laws, to promote pro-LGBTQ policies, and to stand in support of polices that support racial equity, economic justice and immigration reform. We are working to build political power over the long term. We use tactics including litigation, lobbying, voter registration and turnout, storytelling, and rapid response direct action.
The feeling of LGBT Southerners being left to fend for themselves was the impetus for the Asheville, N.C.-based Campaign for Southern Equality, a scrappy five-year-old organization that’s been racking up impressive wins, even in an environment that feels increasingly hostile to queer rights.
Marriage Equality in the South: From 2011 to 2015, CSE was on the frontlines of efforts to win marriage equality in the South using an innovative blend of direct action, public education and litigation. We led the WE DO Campaign, which involved LGBTQ couples requesting – and being denied – marriage licenses in their hometowns, from Wilson, NC, to Morristown, TN, to Poplarville, MS. We were honored to be part of the lawsuits that struck down marriage bans in North Carolina and Mississippi, as well as the lawsuit striking down an adoption ban in Mississippi.