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. lawmaker: Pedophilia is a sexual orientation like homosexuality

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Paul Stam
RALEIGH, N.C. -- As North Carolina lawmakers debated a proposal to prevent charter schools from discriminating against applicants based on sexual orientation, one representative suggested Tuesday that adult sexual attraction to children is a sexual orientation like homosexuality.

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N.C. GOP platform reasserts some anti-LGBT clauses, softens others

MATT COMER | QNotes | Tuesday, June 10, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Meeting in a statewide convention over the weekend in Cherokee, delegates of the North Carolina Republican Party adopted their new party platform, reasserting some anti-LGBT clauses and softening others. The adopted platform makes no mention of a federal constitutional amendment and softens the party platform’s anti-gay animus.

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More faith groups join federal suit to overturn N.C. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and the Alliance of Baptists are are joining as plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage. The United Church of Christ filed the lawsuit in April, challenging the ban on same sex marriage, claiming the ban is a violation of freedom of religion.

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Same-sex military spouses to receive in-state tuition at UNC

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The University of North Carolina system has directed that in-state tuition be charged to the same-sex spouses of military personnel as long as the couple married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage.

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Aiken working to overcome singing fame to be considered a political candidate

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Congressional candidate Clay Aiken says voters in North Carolina are getting a different look at him from his "American Idol" background.

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

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Clay Aiken
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
Keith Crisco
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
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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