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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Drew Reisinger

N.C. county official accepts marriage license requests from same-sex couples

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- An official in western North Carolina has accepted a marriage license request from a same-sex couple. [ Read more → ]
Drew Reisinger

N.C. county official plans to accept marriage applications from gay couples

Monday, October 14, 2013
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The Buncombe County, N.C., Register of Deeds says he's going to accept marriage license applications from same-sex couples and seek an opinion from North Carolina's top lawyer. [ Read more → ]
Roy Cooper

N.C. AG supports gay marriage, but says that won’t prevent him from defending state ban

Monday, October 14, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Attorney General Roy Cooper has revealed that he supports same-sex marriage, and he says his personal views won't prevent him from vigorously defending North Carolina's constitutional amendment against such marriages in a lawsuit. [ Read more → ]
Lynn Hey, News & Record/APTracey Bridges, left, and Cheryl Bridges, second from left, leave the Guilford County Register of Deeds office after being denied a marriage license by Jeff Thigpen, second from right, Guilford County Register of Deeds, and Guilford County Assistant Register of Deeds Elaine Inman on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Greensboro, N.C.

Gay rights activists seek N.C. official willing to defy ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, September 16, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Activists seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples in North Carolina continued their search Monday for an official willing to flout state law and issue marriage licenses as an act of personal conscience as similar officials in New Mexico and Pennsylvania have done this summer. [ Read more → ]

N.C. National Guard to recognize same-sex marriages

Monday, September 9, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The North Carolina National Guard announced Monday that it will begin recognizing same-sex marriages, a policy shift that could have substantial financial help for families not previously eligible for the same federal military benefits awarded to heterosexual couples. [ Read more → ]
Mary Gowans

Mother could face hate crime charges for attempting to ‘beat the gay’ out of son

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
WHITEVILLE, N.C. -- A woman in North Carolina is accused of child abuse and could face hate crime charges after she allegedly instructed her son to "beat the gay away" from his brother. [ Read more → ]

N.C. churches drop Boy Scout charters over policy to allow gay scouts

Monday, August 26, 2013
GASTONIA, N.C. — A handful of churches in North Carolina say they're not renewing their charters with the Boy Scouts of America after the organization announced this year that it would no longer deny membership to openly gay boys. [ Read more → ]
QNotesCampus Pride fellows Romeo Jackson and Gonzalo Agudelo held protest signs in the lobby of the UNC system headquarters on Friday following the board’s vote to ban gender-inclusive housing.

UNC system bans gender-inclusive housing on all 17 campuses

Saturday, August 10, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina system Board of Governors voted on Friday morning to approve a ban on gender-inclusive housing on all 17 campuses of the university system. [ Read more → ]
Atty. General Roy Cooper (D-N.C.)

AG won’t oppose ACLU expanding lawsuit against N.C. gay marriage ban

Friday, July 12, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A legal attack against North Carolina's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is taking shape after state Attorney General Roy Cooper's office said Friday he would not oppose adding that challenge to an existing lawsuit. [ Read more → ]

ACLU says it will challenge N.C. ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — The American Civil Liberties Union says it's looking for ways to challenge North Carolina's constitutional ban against same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Peter Lucas Moses (left), and Jadon Higganbothan

Cult leader gets life in prison for murder of 4-year-old he thought was gay

Friday, July 5, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. — The former leader of a polygamist cult in North Carolina has been sentenced to two life terms for the shooting deaths of a 4-year-old boy he believed to be gay and a woman who sought to leave. [ Read more → ]

Bill preventing UNC gender-neutral housing returns

Friday, May 24, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A bill blocking a University of North Carolina policy allowing students to choose roommates of the opposite sex has found new life in the state Senate budget. [ Read more → ]

Teen medical ban could threaten gay youth, say advocates

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill restricting teenagers’ access to medical and mental health care initially scheduled to be voted on in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday was taken off the calendar and sent back to the Judiciary Committee. [ Read more → ]

Duke University to offer health insurance coverage for transgender students

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University has announced it will begin offering student health insurance coverage for gender confirmation surgery. The university joins a handful of other institutions offering similar coverage, though the University of North Carolina System currently does not. [ Read more → ]
A.L. "Buddy" Collins

Nominee with anti-gay record confirmed to N.C. state Board of Education

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday confirmed six appointments to the state Board of Education, despite an objection raised by Democrats who said one nominee had offended gays with a vote on a bullying measure. [ Read more → ]

N.C. lawmakers introduce bills to protect LGBT state workers

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina state lawmakers have introduced bills that would extend non-discrimination protections to LGBT state employees. [ Read more → ]
Nolan Cranford screams at churchgoers on Easter Sunday that they are going to hell.

Screaming youngster tells gay friendly church they are going to hell, gays are worthy of death

Monday, April 1, 2013
In a scene reminiscent of a Westboro (“God hates fags”) protest, parishioners at a gay friendly Methodist church in Winston-Salem, N.C., were the target of a wailing youngster and his faceless, off-camera adult coach, who screamed at them as they left Easter services to tell them they were going to hell and that gays are worthy of death. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagen (D-N.C.)

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina says she supports marriage equality

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, one of the few Democratic senators who had not previously come out in support of same-sex marriage, said Wednesday that she now supports marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]

Buncombe County, N.C. approves domestic partner benefits

Friday, March 22, 2013
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Buncombe County, N.C., commissioners voted 4-3 on Tuesday to begin offering health and other benefits to the same-sex partners of county employees. [ Read more → ]
Green Street United Methodist Church

N.C. church will no longer officiate weddings until gay couples can marry

Saturday, March 16, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Methodist church in Winston-Salem, N.C., said it will no longer perform marriages for heterosexual couples until United Methodist pastors are allowed to officiate at marriages for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

NC approves tougher funeral protest rules in response to anti-gay church

Sunday, March 3, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina General Assembly has given final approval to a measure that would impose stronger criminal penalties for people who disrupt funerals or memorial services. [ Read more → ]
Michael Lowry

Man recants story that church held him against his will for being gay

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
SPINDALE, N.C. — A North Carolina man who accused his former church of holding him against his will while he was physically and emotionally abused him because he is gay, has recanted his story. [ Read more → ]

Westboro funeral protests trigger new penalties backed by N.C. House

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina state House is unanimously backing efforts to increase criminal penalties for people who disrupt a funeral or memorial service in response to an anti-gay Kansas church picketing military funerals nationwide. [ Read more → ]
Ashley Broadway (left) with her wife, Lt. Col. Heather Mack, and their 2-year-old son.Family photo.

Wife of female U.S. Army officer can join military spouses club

Saturday, January 26, 2013
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A woman who is married to a female Army officer at Fort Bragg and who was recently denied membership in its officers' spouses club said late Friday that she has been invited to become a full member. [ Read more → ]
Ashley Broadway (right) and her spouse, Lt. Col. Heather Mack and their 2-year-old son.Family photo.

Snubbed by spouses club, Ashley Broadway named Fort Bragg ‘Military Spouse of the Year’

Friday, January 25, 2013
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Ashley Broadway, the military spouse embroiled in an ongoing discrimination controversy at Fort Bragg, was select as that base's "Military Spouse of the Year," following an online vote by her peers and supporters. [ Read more → ]
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