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N.C. pastors call on governor to defend state’s same-sex marriage ban

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pastors from across North Carolina gathered Tuesday to call on Gov. Pat McCrory to defend the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the face of lawsuits from same-sex couples in the state and around the country. When McCrory, a Republican, ran for governor in 2012, he supported the state amendment that defined marriage ...

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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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N.C. speaker: Comparing homosexuality to pedophilia is ‘not helpful’

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Thom Tillis
RALEIGH, N.C. — Gay rights advocacy groups Wednesday called on General Assembly leaders to take a stand on gay rights issues and respond to comments from a Republican lawmaker who called pedophilia and masochism sexual orientations like homosexuality. North Carolina House Speaker and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis ...

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N.C. lawmaker: Pedophilia is a sexual orientation like homosexuality

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Paul Stam
RALEIGH, N.C. -- As North Carolina lawmakers debated a proposal to prevent charter schools from discriminating against applicants based on sexual orientation, one representative suggested Tuesday that adult sexual attraction to children is a sexual orientation like homosexuality.

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

MATT COMER | QNotes | Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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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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More faith groups join federal suit to overturn N.C. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and the Alliance of Baptists are are joining as plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage. The United Church of Christ filed the lawsuit in April, challenging the ban on same sex marriage, claiming the ban is a violation of freedom of religion.

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Same-sex military spouses to receive in-state tuition at UNC

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The University of North Carolina system has directed that in-state tuition be charged to the same-sex spouses of military personnel as long as the couple married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage.

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Aiken working to overcome singing fame to be considered a political candidate

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Congressional candidate Clay Aiken says voters in North Carolina are getting a different look at him from his "American Idol" background.

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Clay Aiken declared winner in N.C. Democratic congressional primary

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Clay Aiken
RALEIGH, N.C. — “American Idol” singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his closest rival.

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Keith Crisco, opponent of Clay Aiken in N.C. Democratic primary, dies in accident

| Monday, May 12, 2014
Keith Crisco
ASHEBORO, N.C. -- A North Carolina textile entrepreneur locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic Party primary with former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken has died.

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