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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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All North Carolina counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, October 13, 2014
Glenda Lawson and Julie Treadway were among the first to receive their marriage license in Mecklenburg County, N.C., on Monday, October 13, 2014.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Same-sex couples across North Carolina lined up for marriage licenses MOnday morning — the first full day when they could do so following a judge’s order on Friday striking down the state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment.

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Federal judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban in North Carolina

Friday, October 10, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A federal judge in North Carolina struck down the state's gay marriage ban Friday, opening the way for the first same-sex weddings in the state to begin immediately. U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr., in Asheville issued a ruling shortly after 5 p.m. declaring the ban approved by state voters in 2012 unconstitutional.

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Judge in North Carolina marriage case sets deadline for additional briefs

Friday, October 10, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The judge overseeing a pair of challenges to North Carolina's gay marriage ban has asked for more briefs in the case, setting a new deadline for early next week. Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen Jr. in Greensboro issued a Friday afternoon order asking for answers to a series of questions and setting a deadline...

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North Carolina GOP leaders file brief hoping to thwart gay marriage ruling

Friday, October 10, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers for North Carolina Republican leaders on Friday filed a legal brief urging a federal judge to allow them to intervene in a pair of cases seeking to overturn the state's gay marriage ban.

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Judge in North Carolina gay marriage case rejects GOP lawmakers’ delay

Thursday, October 9, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A federal judge overseeing a pair of challenges to North Carolina's gay marriage ban denied a motion late Thursday from lawyers for Republican legislative leaders seeking more than a weeklong delay in the case.

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North Carolina GOP leaders hire NOM chairman to help block gay marriages

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- As same-sex couples in North Carolina await federal court rulings they hope will allow them to get married, Republican legislative leaders are making a last-minute move to block or delay the nuptials....

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North Carolina couples eager for judge to rule on same-sex marriages

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Same-sex couples in North Carolina are eagerly awaiting federal court rulings they hope will allow them to get married. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed a request late Wednesday asking Chief U.S. District Court Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. to strike down the state's gay marriage ban.

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What’s happening where? The latest developments in marriage equality…

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Georgia Covey, left, embraces her partner Anna Singson while waiting in line for a same sex marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. The couple, along with several other same sex couples, waited in line for two hours before they found out they couldn't get a license.
Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. Some of the 11 states affected by the denial went ahead with weddings; others are proceeding toward marriage deliberately. Others are putting up a fight.

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Federal judge lifts stays in North Carolina same-sex marriage cases

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A federal judge in North Carolina has lifted stays in two cases challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriages on Wednesday, a possible sign he's preparing to strike down the prohibition as unconstitutional.

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North Carolina AG tells counties: Get ready for same-sex marriage

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Attorney General Roy Cooper (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's top lawyer has advised local officials to prepare for an influx of same-sex couples seeking marriage certificates following a federal judge's ruling expected within days.

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