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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N.C. advocacy group to hold rally over state’s tax filing policy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's largest LGBT advocacy group is holding a rally to protest a new state tax policy regarding same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Same-sex couples plan filing joint N.C. tax returns as married couples

Thursday, April 10, 2014
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Gay and lesbian activists are protesting North Carolina's ban against same-sex marriage as they file their income tax statements. [ Read more → ]
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Lawsuit cites urgency to overturn N.C. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
QNotesStudent Andraya Williams speaks to a media outlet during an April 4 rally supporting her, after she says officials at Central Piedmont Community College harassed and discriminated against her.

N.C. college battles transgender student over alleged discrimination

Saturday, April 5, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dozens of students and community members gathered Friday afternoon to protest alleged discrimination at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, calling on the college to apologize to a transgender student who claims she was mistreated and harassed by the school. [ Read more → ]
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Catholic nun tells students gay parents abuse kids, masturbation turns boys gay

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Students and parents at Charlotte Catholic High School are speaking out after they say a campus lecturer forcefully condemned homosexuality with outdated statistics, prejudiced stereotypes and other extremist claims. [ Read more → ]
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Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South. [ Read more → ]
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

Friday, February 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appeal or insisting his state's law was sound. [ Read more → ]
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N.C. high school crowns transgender student Homecoming King

Saturday, February 8, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 17-year-old senior at East Meck High School in North Carolina has become the state's first transgender teen to be crowned Homecoming King. [ Read more → ]
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Bullied 11-year-old ‘brony’ clings to life following suicide attempt

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- An 11-year-old boy clings to life and may have suffered brain damage following a suicide attempt last month. Family members say Michael Morones was repeatedly bullied at school and called gay because he was a fan of the children's television cartoon "My Little Pony." [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)

Opponent’s campaign attacks Clay Aiken as ‘San Francisco values’

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — LGBT North Carolinians reacted swiftly Wednesday to a statement from U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers’ campaign team, which used coded anti-LGBT language to attack Clay Aiken, who earlier announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress. [ Read more → ]
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Clay Aiken announces bid for U.S. Congress

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — Former "American Idol" and "Celebrity Apprentice" runner-up Clay Aiken joined another high-profile contest Wednesday - this one to get elected to the U.S. Congress in his native North Carolina. [ Read more → ]
Q NotesEast Mecklenburg senior Blake Brockington holds the fundraising box that will determine if he becomes homecoming king on Friday.

Transgender student in North Carolina nominated for homecoming king

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 17-year-old transgender senior at a North Carolina high school has been nominated by his peers to run for homecoming king. The winner — whoever raises the most money for an international charity — will be crowned this Friday at East Meck’s homecoming basketball game. [ Read more → ]
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Blue Cross reversing course, will offer gay N.C. couples family policies

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina's largest insurer is reversing course and now says it will offer family coverage to same-sex married couples and domestic partners in new policies. [ Read more → ]
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield cuts family policies for gay N.C. couples

Sunday, January 26, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's largest insurer has cancelled family insurance policies sold to 20 gay and lesbian couples on a federal insurance marketplace because of restrictive contract language the company plans to remove next year. [ Read more → ]
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N.C. AG says he supports marriage equality, but will keep defending the ban

Saturday, January 25, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Attorney General Roy Cooper's office will continue to argue in court for North Carolina's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, even as Virginia's new attorney general has decided to fight his state's gay marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
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Democratic consultant confirms: Clay Aiken considering run for Congress

Saturday, January 25, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pop singer Clay Aiken, who first made a name for himself as a contestant on "American Idol," is considering a run for Congress in North Carolina's 2nd District, a state Democratic Party consultant confirmed on Friday. [ Read more → ]
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Lawyers in challenge to N.C. same-sex marriage ban watching Okla., Utah

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers on both sides of a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's 2012 prohibition of same-sex marriage say they are closely studying recent court rulings overturning similar bans in other states. [ Read more → ]
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Report: Clay Aiken ‘actively considering’ run for U.S. House

Saturday, January 4, 2014
Former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken is actively considering a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a report by the Washington Blade. [ Read more → ]
Fayetteville Observer (YouTube)Maj. Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor kiss outside a Fort Bragg chapel.

Same-sex couple’s wedding ceremony a first at Fort Bragg’s chapel

Sunday, December 22, 2013
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The North Carolina home of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division and the Green Berets is opening the base chapel to same-sex ceremonies. [ Read more → ]
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GOP lawmakers seeking outside help to defend N.C. gay marriage ban

Saturday, December 21, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Republican legislative leaders said Friday that they are getting outside legal help related to a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, suggesting they aren't convinced Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper can wholeheartedly defend the state in the case. [ Read more → ]
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N.C. gay rights group questions safe school task force appointment

Thursday, November 14, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — LGBT advocates in North Carolina on Thursday questioned the appointment of a Winston-Salem, N.C. school board member they say is anti-gay to the state’s Task Force on Safer Schools. [ Read more → ]
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Openly gay candidates sail to victory in North Carolina

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Several openly gay and lesbian candidates for local offices in North Carolina sailed to victory on election night. [ Read more → ]
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Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year. [ Read more → ]
Cindy Bovee-Kemper and Lisa Bovee-Kemper apply for a marriage license in N.C. in January 2013.

Same-sex couple registers out-of-state marriage documents in N.C.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For Lisa and Cindy Bovee-Kemper, the Tuesday morning trip to the Buncombe County Register of Deeds office was a symbolic one. [ Read more → ]
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N.C. county votes to add protections for transgender workers

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County, N.C., commissioners on Tuesday voted 6-3 to add protections for transgender workers to the county’s non-discrimination policy. [ Read more → ]
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