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NC elected officials organize on gay rights issues

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 12 2013 11:02:10 PM CST
RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY -

North Carolina's most prominent gay rights organization says it's assembled elected officials who are interested in advancing policies it says will promote equal rights and justice.

Equality North Carolina announced Tuesday it's created what's called "NC Electeds for Equality." There are initially more than 30 local and state officials such as Attorney General Roy Cooper, State Treasurer Janet Cowell, mayors and legislators.

Equality NC says the group will help officials learn more about issues affecting gays and lesbians and bisexual and transgendered people. Equality NC unveiled the "NC Electeds" group at its annual fundraising gala last weekend.

The organization says participation in the group doesn't mean an elected official is endorsing Equality NC's positions.