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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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North Carolina GOP leaders to appeal gay marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Saturday, December 13, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
The leaders of the two branches of the North Carolina state legislature notified a federal court on Friday that they will ask the Supreme Court to rule promptly on the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. In a filing at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth [...]

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Case continued for man charged in North Carolina hotel homicide

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Garry Joseph Gupton
Garry Gupton (pictured) is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 9 death of Stephen White at a North Carolina motel. [...]

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Anti-gay N.C. church members indicted on felony kidnapping, assault of gay man

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Matthew Fenner alleges kidnapping and assault by members of his former church.
Five members of an anti-LGBT church in Spindale, N.C., have been indicted on several felony charges following a complaint lodged by a gay man. [...]

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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
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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
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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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