PNS Daily Newscast - June 4, 2020 

Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 

The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Public News Service - NC: LGBTQIA Issues

Photo: Gov. Pat McCrory says he will veto a bill that would have allowed court officials to opt out of same-sex marriage duties based on religious beliefs. Photo credit: mensatic/

RALEIGH, N.C. - After passing the state House and Senate, the so-called marriage objections bill will be vetoed, according to Gov, Pat McCrory. In a statement, the governor said he is called by the duties of his office to defend the Constitution. If signed, Senate Bill 2 would have allowed magistra

Photo: Attorney Annika Brock and her partner Elaine Potter of Asheville were married last year in Vermont, but say they are looking forward to having their marriage recognized by their home state. Photo courtesy: Annika Brock.

RALEIGH, N.C. - With the U.S. Supreme Court opting not to review appeals court rulings in seven states regarding same-sex marriage bans, groups like the ACLU and Equality N.C. say legally recognized same-sex marriages could happen in North Carolina in a matter of days. The U.S. Supreme Court decisi

PHOTO: Lennie Gerber (left), and her wife Pearl have been together for 48 years. They're among the plaintiffs in a suit challenging Amendment One. Courtesy: Gerber.

RICHMOND, Va. - When it comes to North Carolina's 'Marriage Amendment,' all eyes are on a Richmond, Va. courtroom. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could rule soon on a case challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. Because the Tarheel State is in the 4th Circuit, a ruling could impact

PHOTO: Last Sunday, Cathy McGaughey, left, proposed to Diane Ansley, right, her partner of 14 years, at Asheville's First Congregational United Church of Christ. Photo courtesy of McGaughey.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Dozens of clergy members and their congregants in North Carolina are taking a First Amendment fight from the pulpit to the courtroom. Together, they filed a lawsuit this week in federal court, challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina's marriage laws. At issue is Amendme

Photo: Mary Jamis, left, and Starr Johnson married in New York after being together for 14 years. Courtesy: Jamis and Johnson

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – Tuesday is the dreaded April 15 tax deadline. It's a daunting enough task for anyone, but for the thousands of legally married, same-sex couples in North Carolina, it's that much more complicated. Mary Jamis and her partner of 14 years, Starr Johnson, married in New York

PHOTO: Georgia state Rep. John Lewis speaks out in support for marriage equality in a campaign that started this week. Photo courtesy of Rep. Lewis

RALEIGH, N.C. - A $1 million campaign began this week to help build support for marriage equality in the South. "Southerners for the Freedom to Marry" is a joint effort of several statewide and regional organizations. A recent poll of registered Southern voters shows support for same-sex marriage i

PHOTO: Drew Reisinger has become the first Register of Deeds in the state to accept applications for same-sex marriage. Photo courtesy of Reisinger.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – For the first time in the history of North Carolina, marriage license applications for same-sex couples are being accepted. Buncombe County's Register of Deeds, Drew Reisinger, began taking the applications this week, but said he isn't granting any until he receives approva

Photo: Etheridge preparing for silent vigil at Guildford College. Courtesy: American Friends Service Committee

GREENSBORO, N.C. - This week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (Aug. 28), and several communities in North Carolina are remembering the day with silent vigils. Guilford College will be the site of one of the events taking place on Wednesday. Student Jodie Geddes will be partici

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