Three GetEQUAL activists: Angel Chandler, Mary Counce, and our own Alum 2008 U.S Senate Candidate Jim Neal were arrested at the North Carolina state capitol yesterday for disrupting a legislative session. The direct action followed the event, "Rally in Raleigh" in protest of the anti-gay Senate Bill 106 that would put an amendment on the 2012 ballot preventing private businesses and municipalities in NC from offering domestic partnership insurance benefits. The bill would invalidate the Domestic Partnership Registries Chapel Hill, Asheville, and Carrboro, the three cities in NC that offer such benefits.
According to a press release from GetEQUAL, the activists began chanting "Liberty and Justice for All in North Carolina" before being taken into custody by police and charged with "disorderly conduct and trespassing".
Project contributor Pam Spaulding, who spoke at the rally, was able to capture some of the action:
Around 2:20 into it, while Jim and the GetEQUAL activists are being arrested, that's when the security threatened to arrest me and a couple of other people for simply being present to videotape/photograph the event.