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North Carolina

North Carolina is the 12th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Nov. 21, 1789. Its most populous city is Charlotte, and the state capitol is located in Raleigh.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in May 2012. The constitutional ban is currently being challenged in federal court. The case is Fisher-Borne v. Smith.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Same-sex marriage takes center stage at first work day of N.C. General Assembly

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
North Carolina state capitol in Raleigh.
Thee Senate's top leader pushed for religious exemptions for some court officials from performing marriage duties, months after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down. [...]

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Charlotte, N.C., business guild proposes protections for LGBT workers

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Charlotte, N.C.
The plan includes publicizing businesses that voluntarily provide protections, as well as trying to convince state lawmakers to require protection for employees. [...]

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N.C. Democratic Party chair candidate under fire for transgender insult

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Patsy Keever
A candidate for the chairmanship of North Carolina Democratic Party is under fire after insulting a fellow candidate who is transgender at a candidate forum in Gastonia on Tuesday. [...]

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N.C. GOP lawmakers ask Supreme Court to reinstate gay marriage ban

Thursday, January 15, 2015
North-Carolina
North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger and former state House leader and newly-seated U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to quickly hear their appeal seeking to reverse lower-court rulings that legalized same-sex marriage in the state. [...]

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North Carolina GOP leader to advance anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ bill

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Paul Stam
State Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, who was re-elected speaker pro tempore of the House on Wednesday, has announced that House leaders will hold a legislative briefing Jan. 28 on a proposed “religious freedom” bill. [...]

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Charlotte Catholic diocese fires gay teacher for saying he’ll marry his partner

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Charlotte Catholic High School
The local Roman Catholic diocese has come under fire again for anti-LGBT discrimination, this time firing a gay teacher after he announced he would marry his same-sex partner later this year. [...]

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N.C. GOP lawmakers want Supreme Court to reinstate same-sex marriage ban

Friday, January 9, 2015
North-Carolina
Senate leader Phil Berger and likely House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday the two Republicans will ask the nation's highest court to hear the North Carolina case. [...]

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Greensboro first N.C. city to pass LGBT-inclusive housing, other protections

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Greensboro-NC
The Greensboro, N.C., city council unanimously passed several new ordinance changes at their meeting on Jan.6, making it the first city in the state to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in housing, among other protections. [...]

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Transgender candidate seeking to become chair of N.C. Democratic Party

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Janice Covington Allison
Janice Covington Allison of Charlotte confirmed this week she is running for the post when the party's Executive Committee meets next month in Raleigh to vote. [...]

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Greensboro to vote on LGBT-inclusive housing, other protections

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Greensboro, N.C.
The proposed changes in Greensboro include adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression to a list of enumerated categories in three ordinances — fair housing, city employment and city services. [...]

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