Through our Legal Equality Project, the Campaign for Southern Equality works across the South to strike down discriminatory laws and policies that are driven by anti-LGBTQ animus, and to promote the passage of LGBTQ-affirming laws. We use tactics including litigation, lobbying, storytelling, direct action and public education.
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.
Active Litigation: CSE is honored to be part of two active federal lawsuits:
- Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant (III), challenging HB1523 in Mississippi
- Ansley v. Warren, challenging SB2 in North Carolina
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.