Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, a North Carolina native,  says he and his fiance Sean Eldridge will donate $10 to Equality North Carolina for each new “Like” on the group’s Facebook page, up to $10,000. That’s a 1,000 Likes which should be no problem! Who doesn’t like weddings? The money is vital to stave off the North Carolina legislative sneak attack on marriage equality: HB 61.

Originally HB 61 sought to limit the terms of elected officials. QNotes reports that term limits have been removed from the bill and replaced with the text of the anti-LGBT constitutional amendment which

seeks to clarify an earlier Senate version which banned all recognition of all relationships other than marriage. The new version retains language that calls opposite-sex marriage the state’s “only domestic legal union,” but adds,  ”This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”

In his letter, Chris Hughes writes:

Because there could not be a more critical time to support the work of Equality NC, my fiancé, Sean Eldridge, and I have pledged to donate $10 for each person who likes Equality NC’s page on Facebook – up to $10,000 – to support the work of the organization between now and Tuesday. We hope that others will join us and contribute what they can of their time, energy, and resources to help defeat this anti-gay measure…

The next Facebook or Apple or Google could be created by another North Carolinian. Be mindful of how you treat them and their families.


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