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North Carolina GOP governor says he won’t back state’s religious exemption bills

Monday, March 30, 2015
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.)
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he isn't backing bills giving exemptions to court officials who don't want to officiate same-sex marriages and offering other religious protections to businesses. ...

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Young N.C. transgender activist Blake Brockington dies of suicide

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Blake Brockington
Friends and community members on Tuesday mourned the passing of a Charlotte, N.C., transgender youth activist, Blake Brockington, who died as the result of suicide overnight. ...

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N.C. House panel weighs bill to exempt officials from same-sex weddings

Thursday, March 5, 2015
North Carolina state capitol in Raleigh.
The Senate bill approved last week would let officials refuse to carry out marriage duties with a “sincerely held religious objection.” ...

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Charlotte, N.C., rejects LGBT-inclusive ordinances after hours of public debate

Monday, March 2, 2015
Hundreds filled a capacity meeting chamber in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, March 2, 2015, with the city opening several overflow rooms during debate on LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances.
The Charlotte, N.C., city council has voted against expanding the city's nondiscrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of protected groups. ...

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North Carolina mom believes bullying led to transgender teen’s suicide

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Ash Haffner
Local LGBT community leaders in Charlotte, N.C., are responding with messages of support and encouragement, following the death Thursday of a transgender student. Ash Haffner, 16, died by suicide on Thursday. ...

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Benhams working to defeat Charlotte ‘depraved’ non-discrimination ordinance

Friday, February 27, 2015
David and Jason Benham say they're working to defeat a proposed LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance in Charlotte, N.C., which David Benham called “so depraved and just absolutely craziness.” ...

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N.C. Senate OKs bill allowing officials to refuse to officiate same-sex marriages

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Some North Carolina court officials could opt out of marriage duties - including same-sex marriages - under legislation approved by the state Senate. ...

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North Carolina Senate panel advances anti-LGBT magistrate discrimination bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
North Carolina state capitol in Raleigh.
A bill that would allow magistrates and registers of deeds to opt out of providing legal marriage services or issuing marriage licenses, passed out of a state Senate committee on Tuesday, and heads to a full hearing on the Senate ...

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Groups begin lobbying Charlotte city council on LGBT protections

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Charlotte, N.C.
Organizations across North Carolina have begun lobbying members of the Charlotte city council this week ahead of plans by the council to consider updates to four non-discrimination ordinances. ...

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N.C. magistrates sue court officials over having to officiate same-sex marriages

Thursday, February 12, 2015
One former and one current magistrate have filed a lawsuit against North Carolina court officials, claiming that being forced to preside over same-sex marriages violates their religious freedoms. ...

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