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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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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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GOP leader to plans legislation to protect N.C. officials who refuse to marry gays

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Phil Berger
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A top North Carolina Republican said Thursday that he will back a bill protecting state officials who refuse to issue marriage licenses or perform weddings for same-sex couples. Senate Leader Phil Berger Sr. said he will introduce legislation in response to a magistrate in his home county who decided to resign instead of agreeing ...

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Roll over, Jesse: Gay marriage ushers in new era in the state of ‘Senator Hate’

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Jesse Helms
During his stellar career of hate politics, the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), in a televised interview brought up his favorite subject: homosexuals. They were his favorite subject because he enjoyed insulting them in the crudest terms. He often boasted if disliking homosexuals made him a bigot, so be it. He was proud of it. Helms was a unique politician. He stood alone in his public pride for his bigotry against LGBT people, and invoked similar bigotry in others...

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The week in review: The latest developments in marriage equality…

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Kevin Patterson, left, and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of two challenges to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban, kiss after exchanging vows, as Rev. John Dorhaer, who performed the ceremony, stands at right, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Phoenix. Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state's conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn't challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state.
Same-sex couples won the right to wed in Alaska and Arizona on Friday, after separate court decisions ended bans in those states. And a third ruling in Wyoming means marriages there could begin within a week. The rulings bookend two weeks of legal wrangling, triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that effectively legalized same-sex marriage ...

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North Carolina’s top GOP lawmakers plan to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, October 17, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders plan to appeal a ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. Legal experts say any appeal would face an uphill battle. House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger's appeal would go to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia...

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North Carolina high school cancels play because it includes a gay romance

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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MAIDEN, N.C. -- A North Carolina high school has cancelled a school play following complaints by some parents and area churches because the play includes a same-sex couple. Students at Maiden High School claimed they had already begun rehearsing for the play “Almost, Maine” when the principal decided to cancel the performance,

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North Carolina magistrate resigns over having to officiate same-sex marriages

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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WENTWORTH, N.C. -- A North Carolina magistrate has resigned, saying marrying a same-sex couple violates his religious beliefs. Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam Jr. sent a letter to Chief District Court Judge Fred Wilkins on Thursday saying when he took his oath of office, he didn't take it with the understanding that he would be required to marry same-sex couples.

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North Carolina magistrates directed to officiate same-sex marriages

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Lee Plume, left, and Dean Lindsey, right, kiss following their marriage ceremony outside the Mecklenburg County and Courts Office building during marriage ceremonies on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Monday was the first day that gay couples could marry in Mecklenburg County after a judge's ruling.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina magistrates were directed Wednesday to perform civil marriages for same-sex couples or face suspension or dismissal from their state jobs. Pamela Weaver Best, general counsel for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, sent a letter to state magistrates saying they would be violating their oaths ...

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Judge allows GOP lawmakers to intervene in N.C. gay marriage cases

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A federal judge has allowed Republican lawmakers to intervene in a pair of challenges to North Carolina's now-defunct same-sex marriage ban, potentially enabling them to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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North Carolina magistrate refuses to officiate marriages of same-sex couples

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. -- A state magistrate in Pasquotank County, N.C., could face disciplinary action after refusing to marry two men following the end of North Carolina's gay marriage ban. Magistrate Gary Littleton declined on Monday to perform the couple's civil ceremony, citing his religious views that marriage should be between...

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