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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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Charlotte to consider adding protections for LGBT community

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Charlotte, N.C.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte, N.C., city council will move forward with further considerations on LGBT-inclusive protections in public accommodations and other city ordinances after hearing a proposal on Monday evening.

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Three gay rights advocates arrested outside North Carolina LGBT fundraiser

Monday, November 24, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Three gay-rights advocates are charged with damaging property after confronting protesters outside a North Carolina fundraiser celebrating same-sex marriage and other social changes.

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ACLU challenges North Carolina GOP leaders’ gay marriage appeal

Monday, November 17, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers for several gay couples say in a legal filing that North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders shouldn't be allowed to appeal rulings that legalized gay marriage in the state. In a filing Friday in federal court, lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union challenge the ability of ...

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N.C. county approves non-binding resolution opposing marriage equality

Sunday, November 16, 2014
GASTONIA, N.C. — Commissioners in Gaston County, N.C., have approved a resolution opposing same-sex marriage. The non-binding resolution approved Thursday carries no legal weight, but commissioners said they wanted to let residents know where they stand on the issue now that same-sex marriage is legal in North Carolina.

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Gay veteran beaten, burned in fire allegedly set by man he met at gay bar has died

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Stephen Patrick White
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A gay veteran who was brutally beaten and severely burned following following an alleged attack in a Greensboro, N.C., hotel room by a man he met earlier that evening at a gay bar, has died.

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Victim burned in fire allegedly set by man he met at gay bar has most of both arms amputated

Friday, November 14, 2014
Stephen Patrick White
A North Carolina man has had most of both arms amputated after he was severely burned following an alleged attack in a Greensboro, N.C., hotel room by a man he met earlier that evening at a gay bar.

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N.C. man in critical condition after being set on fire by attacker he met in gay bar

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Garry Joseph Gupton
A North Carolina man is in critical condition following an attack in the early morning hours of Nov. 9 in a downtown Greensboro, N.C., hotel. Police say Garry Joseph Gupton, 26, attacked Stephen Patrick White, 46, and set him on fire, reports QNotes.

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

Friday, November 7, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina legislative leaders are giving formal notice that their lawyers will appeal a Greensboro federal judge's ruling that legalized same-sex marriages in the state. Attorneys hired by Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis say they're appealing. Lawmakers decided to appeal earlier this year after...

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Court official defends directive that N.C. magistrates officiate gay weddings

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Judge John W. Smith
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The chief administrator of North Carolina's courts says magistrates are duty-bound to marry gay couples and says he finds no federal law or rulings that would exempt them based on religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage.

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Election preview: Top 10 races to watch for LGBT candidates

Saturday, November 1, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, greets spectators at the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine.
This year’s election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay governor. Two candidates for Congress could well become the first openly gay Republican elected ...

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