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N.C. pastor refers to gay judicial candidate as ‘flaming homosexual’

MATT COMER | QNotes | Friday, October 24, 2014
Rev. Johnny Hunter
RALEIGH, N.C. — An anti-LGBT pastor known for his advocacy against LGBT equality and marriage went on the attack against an openly gay judicial candidate at a press conference Thursday hosted by North Carolina Republican House Majority Leader Paul Stam.

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Raleigh, N.C., unanimously passes transgender worker protections

| Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Raleigh, N.C.
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s capital city became the sixth statewide to protect transgender workers from employment discrimination. City Council members passed the revised policy unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

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All North Carolina counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

MATT COMER | QNotes | Monday, October 13, 2014
Glenda Lawson and Julie Treadway were among the first to receive their marriage license in Mecklenburg County, N.C., on Monday, October 13, 2014.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Same-sex couples across North Carolina lined up for marriage licenses MOnday morning — the first full day when they could do so following a judge’s order on Friday striking down the state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment.

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Anti-gay activists say ‘Stop Winston-Salem’ from recognizing gay marriages

MATT COMER | QNotes | Monday, September 22, 2014
Winston-Salem, N.C., City Hall
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An organization which supported the passage of North Carolina’s anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment on marriage has said it will “Stop Winston-Salem” and and the city’s recent decision to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

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Poll: Support for marriage equality rises in North Carolina

| Monday, September 15, 2014
North-Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A new poll shows support for LGBT marriage equality rising in North Carolina, a little more than two years after the state passed its anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. An Elon University Poll surveyed more than 1,000 North Carolinians and found that 45 percent support gay marriage. Opposition stood at 43 percent. Twelve percent of ...

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Gay Wake Forest sports fans question anti-gay radio affiliation

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wake Forest University
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Some gay fans of Wake Forest University say they’re disappointed the college’s football and basketball games will be aired on radio stations belonging to an anti-LGBT Christian radio network. That business choice, says one fan, betrays Wake Forest’s history of inclusion and contradicts the college’s LGBT-friendly values.

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Winston-Salem, N.C. extends employee benefits to married, same-sex couples

| Sunday, September 7, 2014
Winston-Salem
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem is now offering employee benefits to married same-sex couples. QNotes reports that Winston-Salem human resources director Carmen Caruth said in a letter to city employees on Aug. 28, that the city would recognize all legal marriage licenses from any state or other U.S. jurisdiction, including same-sex couples...

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N.C. excludes LGBT protections in governor’s employment executive order

MATT COMER | QNotes | Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory passed over protections for LGBT workers in signing a new executive order today barring employment discrimination for state workers. Statewide LGBT advocates are condemning the exclusion and are insisting the governor revisit the new order. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the governor continues...

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Myrtle Beach, S.C., passes far-reaching LGBT protections

MATT COMER | QNotes | Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Source
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Leaders in one of South Carolina’s most popular beach resort city amended their human rights ordinance on Tuesday evening, including far-reaching LGBT-inclusive protections on everything from public accommodations to education. The new protections were passed without objection by the six-member council.

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N.C. GOP platform reasserts some anti-LGBT clauses, softens others

MATT COMER | QNotes | Tuesday, June 10, 2014
North-Carolina-GOP
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Meeting in a statewide convention over the weekend in Cherokee, delegates of the North Carolina Republican Party adopted their new party platform, reasserting some anti-LGBT clauses and softening others. The adopted platform makes no mention of a federal constitutional amendment and softens the party platform’s anti-gay animus.

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