Pitt County Board of Commissioners Protest for Gay Rights


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Monday, July 13, 2009

Gay rights activists protested the Monday morning meeting of the Pitt County Board of Commissioners in response to the board's recent discussions on same-sex marriage.

Protesters gathered in reaction to Commissioner David Hammond's recent proposal to send a resolution to the N.C. Association of County Commissioners that would oppose same-sex marriage in North Carolina.

Less than 10 people gathered at the corner of Greenville Boulevard and Red Banks Road at 7 a.m. Monday before moving to the county office for the 9 a.m. board meeting.

“I think today was just the beginning,” Randy Toler, one of the protest's organizers, said.

“We had a small group mainly because of timing of the meeting. I think today was a very good beginning, and I think we can do a lot of good.”

Several people on both sides of the issue spoke during the public comment section of the meeting.

Some were holding signs in opposition to same-sex marriage.

“Constitutions are not a way to divide,” Georgia Winfrey, who supports gay rights, said.

“Respect for diversity is what had made this country strong since the beginning.”

The commissioners have taken no action on the issue.

A community LGBT Meeting has been set up at the Tipsy Teapot on Evans st, to discuss to see if there is enough interest in starting a Community LGBT Center in the area.
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