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RICHMOND, VA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today declared that Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. This marks the second time that an appellate-level court has ruled on state marriage bans following the dismantling of a key section of the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA).

The Fourth Circuit includes Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland, the only state in the circuit that allows same-sex couples to marry. The precedent from today's ruling applies to all of these states.

“Today’s ruling sets a clear precedent for courts in North Carolina and is the most significant step to date toward securing the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples in our state,” said Chris Brook, Legal Director for the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation. “Though there is still much work that needs to be done, this ruling has given an enormous boost to our efforts to ensure that all loving and committed couples are able to have the security and dignity that comes only with marriage.”

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The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) seeks experienced applicants for the newly created position of Director of Philanthropy to work out of our office in Raleigh.  The ACLU of North Carolina is the state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU-NCLF is our 501(c)(3) arm that conducts our legal and educational work.  Our mission is to preserve and expand the guarantees of individual liberty found in the U.S. Constitution, the North Carolina Constitution, and relevant federal and state civil rights laws.  These freedoms include: racial justice, voting rights, immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, women’s rights, reproductive justice, LGBT equality, free speech, religious liberty, the right to privacy, and much more.  Founded in 1965, the North Carolina affiliate is a rapidly growing organization, and in just the past three years, the size of our statewide membership base has doubled to more than 12,000.  We are currently expanding our permanent staff from seven to nine fulltime employees, and we are looking for an experienced Director of Philanthropy with the vision to build a major gifts program and help us develop the renewable revenue stream necessary to sustain our unprecedented growth. 

Position Overview

The ACLU-NCLF is seeking a Director of Philanthropy, a fulltime senior leadership position reporting to the Executive Director, to develop and implement a strategy for building new programs that raise funds for the ACLU-NCLF’s annual budget and that strengthen the relationships between the ACLU-NCLF and its supporters.  Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Philanthropy is responsible for planning, supervising and executing the organization’s major gifts and planned giving programs and developing complementary fundraising and donor cultivation strategies.  The Director of Philanthropy collaborates with the Executive Director, Development Committee, and the Board to reach our annual and long-range goals. 

Responsibilities

Major Gifts Program:  Develop and implement an annual comprehensive work plan that will include specific fundraising goals and targets for proposals, appeals and campaigns; identify, develop and implement strategies for the cultivation of major donors; working with the national ACLU’s development team, conduct research and annual prospect screening to identify best prospects with closest links, aligned interests and greatest capacity; strategically deploy the Executive Director and Board leadership to solicit major gifts; create and carry out strategies to personally cultivate and solicit major donors.  In addition to supporting the solicitation of gifts made by others, the Director of Philanthropy will be expected to cultivate and work directly with existing and future donors.

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Career Opportunity: Staff Attorney

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The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) seeks to hire a full-time Staff Attorney to work out of our office in Raleigh.  The ACLU of North Carolina is the state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU-NCLF is our 501(c)(3) arm that conducts our legal and educational work.  Our mission is to preserve and expand the guarantees of individual liberty found in the U.S. Constitution, the North Carolina Constitution, and relevant federal and state civil rights laws.  These freedoms include: racial justice, voting rights, immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, women’s rights, reproductive justice, LGBT equality, free speech, religious liberty, the right to privacy, and much more.  Founded in 1965, the North Carolina affiliate is a rapidly growing organization, and in just the past three years, the size of our statewide membership base has doubled to more than 12,000.  

The Staff Attorney will work out of our office in Raleigh under the primary supervision of the Legal Director, employing strategies involving litigation, community outreach, public education, and general legal advocacy.  This position is exempt from federal and state wage and hour laws.  Employment is strictly at will, terminable at the will of either party for any cause or for no cause, except as prohibited by law.

Primary Responsibilities:

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By Dr. Craig Fischer, Professor of Film and Cultural Studies at Appalachian State University

On Saturday, June 21, I hosted an ACLU of North Carolina-sponsored panel on “Comics Regulation and Comics Censorship” at Heroes Con, the Southeast’s longest running comicon. The well-attended discussion addressed instances when political and public outrage over the content of comic books clashed with the First Amendment.

The panel began with a discussion of a recent controversy in South Carolina, where legislators in the House of Representatives threatened to reduce state funding to the College of Charleston as a penalty for using Alison Bechdel’s lesbian-themed graphic novel Fun Home (2006) in a campus program. Present for the Fun Home discussion were Dr. Conseula Francis, a comics scholar and professor of English at the College of Charleston, and Christopher Brook, ACLU-NC Legal Director. Brook and Francis discussed the literary merits of Fun Home, the importance of protecting academic freedom, and the ways in which the “comic books are for kids” stereotype make adult graphic novels more susceptible to attack.

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