RALEIGH, N.C. — The Equality NC Action Fund, the political action committee of the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy and education organization, announced a fundraising challenge on Wednesday night meant to bolster support for and raise funds to elect fair-minded, LGBT-inclusive candidates in the state.

The “Payback Challenge” aims to mobilize North Carolinians angered by the May 8 approval of Amendment One, the discriminatory, anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex couples from marriage and other relationship recognition.

Equality NC says the months-long fundraising campaign will help it elect pro-equality candidates, oppose anti-LGBT politicians and bolster grassroots activism before the 2012 general election in November.

In a video, Equality NC supporters, board members and staff say proponents of the discriminatory anti-LGBT amendment purposefully chose to single out and target a vulnerable minority.

“The Equality NC Action Fund Payback Challenge is North Carolina’s first and best opportunity to payback anti-LGBT politicians who forced us into a very divisive Amendment One fight and support pro-equality candidates who can help move us forward,” Stuart Campbell, Equality NC executive director, said in a release. “Through the generous support given from now until September 20, we can make a real difference in the fight for equality in November.”

Donations made to the political action committee before midnight on Sept. 20 will be matched by 50 percent up to $60,000. Endorsements for the fall election will be released in early September.

Learn more about the fundraising campaign at equalitync.org/pac_challenge.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.