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On Saturday, Nov. 15, thousands of LGBT and straight ally North and South Carolinians took to their city halls and squares to protest the passage of California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 and other anti-gay ballot initiatives in Arkansas, Arizona and Florida.

Estimates ranged from as little as 40 participants in Boone, N.C., to as many as 1,400 in Raleigh’s Halifax Mall. About 200 attended the rally in Charlotte and 300-400 attended in Greensboro. Columbia’s rally attracted about 150. According to Bambi Weavil of, 130 people attended a rally in Wilmington, N.C. According to Out in Asheville‘s Lin Orndorf, 300 attended a rally in Asheville’s Pritchard Park.

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