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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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Clay Aiken declared winner in N.C. Democratic congressional primary

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. — “American Idol” singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his closest rival.

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Keith Crisco, opponent of Clay Aiken in N.C. Democratic primary, dies in accident

| Monday, May 12, 2014
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ASHEBORO, N.C. -- A North Carolina textile entrepreneur locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic Party primary with former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken has died.

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Transportation Secretary, former Charlotte mayor supports gay marriage

| Monday, May 12, 2014
Anthony Foxx
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The former mayor of North Carolina's largest city says he supports same-sex marriage.

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N.C. marks 2nd anniversary of same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, May 9, 2014
Opponents of same-sex marriage gather for a rally at the State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The second anniversary of the passage of North Carolina's constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage was marked Thursday with same-sex couples unsuccessfully seeking licenses to wed, and amendment supporters rallying to preserve the ban.

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Supporters, opponents mark anniversary of N.C. same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, May 8, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Supporters and opponents of the amendment that banned same-sex marriage in North Carolina are holding events to mark the second anniversary of its passage.

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Unofficial results give Aiken a win in N.C. primary, but absentee ballots remain

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Clay Aiken speaks to supporters during an election night watch party in Holly Springs, N.C., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Aiken is seeking the Democratic nomination for North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken held a slight edge over textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco in a congressional primary election Wednesday, with officials working to count every last ballot before declaring a winner.

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Winner in N.C. primary says he will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Mark Chilton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The apparent winner of a Register of Deeds seat in North Carolina says he'll sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples despite a state ban against gay unions.

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No LGBT representation in N.C., as gay candidates take a beating in primary

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
North Carolina state capitol in Raleigh.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Three openly gay candidates vying for office across North Carolina lost in their respective primaries on Tuesday, and with those losses -- for the first time in a decade -- no openly LGBT person will be counted among the state legislature’s 170 members come January.

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Clay Aiken holds slim lead in N.C. primary, but race too close to call

| Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Clay Aiken, right, speaks to supporters during an election night watch party in Holly Springs, N.C., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Aiken is seeking the Democratic nomination for North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Democratic congressional primary race between former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remained very close and without a clear winner.

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Fla. man sentenced in shooting of transgender woman he met on Craigslist

| Friday, May 2, 2014
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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- A Florida man has been convicted of shooting a transgender woman he met on Craigslist six times within days of leaving his wife and arriving in North Carolina.

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