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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Same-sex military couples still struggle for recognition, despite DADT repeal

Saturday, January 19, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — Sgt. Karen Alexander fought for her country in Iraq, but back home she often feels the U.S. Army is fighting against her. Married to another female soldier with a 4-year-old son, Alexander is denied the same housing allowance and other family-friendly benefits... [ Read more → ]
Ashley Broadway (left) and her spouse, Lt. Col. Heather Mack.Family photo

Advocacy group seeks information in Fort Bragg club’s refusal to admit same-sex spouse

Thursday, January 17, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A leading advocacy group for LGBT service members and veterans announced Thursday it had filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request at Fort Bragg, N.C., seeking to obtain documents and correspondence relating to an officers' spouses club's refusal to admit a same-sex... [ Read more → ]

An open letter to the owner of The Stingray Cafe

Sunday, January 13, 2013
What is it about your spirituality, your religion, that you feel you have the absolute right to judge another human being? It certainly can’t be from the teachings of the Jesus I know who simply said: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” I see nothing there of judging or intolerance – only the commandment to love one another. Period. [ Read more → ]

Student asks to remain at all-female college after transitioning to male

Saturday, January 12, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- An undergraduate student at Salem College, who is transitioning from a woman to a man, is asking to stay on the campus of the all-female school, a college alumnae says. Annie Webb, a 2005 Salem graduate, said in an email to fellow... [ Read more → ]

Lesbian couple condemned by cafe owner because they are gay

Saturday, January 12, 2013
NEW BERN, N.C. -- A married lesbian couple in North Carolina is outraged and going public after receiving a letter from a cafe owner condemning them because they are gay. Ariel and Shawnee McPhail said that after finishing their meal at The Stingray Café in... [ Read more → ]

BioTech company to offset tax burden for married, same-sex employees

Thursday, December 27, 2012
A Massachusetts-based biotechnology company announced it will join just a few dozen companies in the United States to supplement gay employees for taxes incurred when covering their spouse or partner in the company's health plan -- taxes that are not paid by their straight counterparts. [ Read more → ]
Ashley Broadway (left) and her spouse, Lt. Col. Heather Mack.Family photo

Fort Bragg meeting brings no resolution in discrimination by spouses group

Friday, December 21, 2012
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A meeting lasting more than an hour on Thursday brought no resolution to nearly two weeks of controversy surrounding the denial of Ashley Broadway, the wife of an Army Lieutenant Colonel, for membership in the Association of Bragg Officer’s Spouses. [ Read more → ]
Ashley Broadway (left) and her spouse, Lt. Col. Heather Mack.Family photo

Lesbian wife of Army officer denied membership in Ft. Bragg spouses’ club

Saturday, December 15, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The same-sex spouse of a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel stationed at Fort Bragg has been denied membership in a base club for officers’ spouses, sparking protests and accusations from a national military spouses organization that the woman was prevented from joining only because she is a lesbian. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian candidate called ‘ugly dyke’ in North Carolina House race

Friday, October 26, 2012
An Asheville-area Republican political operative has taken to Twitter to call Susan Wilson, an openly lesbian contender for a N.C. State House seat, “an old ugly dyke.” [ Read more → ]
Michael Lowry

Man says he was imprisoned by church for four months because he is gay

Monday, October 22, 2012
A North Carolina man has accused his former church of holding him against his will for four months while he was physically and emotionally abused because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Dustin Martin

Gay couple attacked, beaten on Asheville street after called gay slurs

Sunday, October 14, 2012
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A gay couple from Charlotte, N.C. said they were attacked and beaten on the street during a recent visit to Asheville, and claim they were attacked because they're gay. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian soldier killed in Taliban suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan

Friday, October 5, 2012
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of the North Carolina Army National Guard was among 14 people killed Monday when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle packed with explosives into a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol in Afghanistan. [ Read more → ]
LGBT organizers in Charlotte talk about their plans to highlight queer and youth issues during the DNC (from left: Loan Tran, Gelisa Stitt, Matt Hickson and openly lesbian Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield.

Democratic Convention attracts LGBT youth organizers

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands of Democratic National Convention delegates and guests will celebrate the renomination of President Barack Obama this week as thousands more people show up to protest the national political convention. [ Read more → ]
Stuart Milk came to Charlotte's local LGBT Pride festival last weekend on behalf of the president's reelection campaign.

Stuart Milk: Obama is a ‘no-brainer’ for the LGBT community

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Barack Obama's campaign has put a premium on North Carolina, a swing state that turned blue in 2008 for the first time since Jimmy Carter first ran for president in 1976. Placing the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina's largest city... [ Read more → ]
Will he or won't he? Anderson Cooper covered the Republican National Convention from afar as Hurricane Isaac bore down on New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast, but could make appearances in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

Democratic Convention to bring prominent LGBT attendees to Charlotte

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Democratic National Convention is expected to bring 35,000 convention delegates, journalists and other guests to Charlotte next week. Among them will be big names in the LGBT community known for their work in national and regional politics and in the media. [ Read more → ]
Members of the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte’s staff, board and volunteers talk about their plans for the upcoming DNC and their recent Pride Charlotte Festival, held Aug. 25-26.

Charlotte’s LGBT community prepares for Democratic Convention

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Volunteers and business owners in the LGBT community have been hard at work ensuring their visitors and guests during the week of the Democratic National Convention receive star treatment. [ Read more → ]

N.C. college suspends Chick-fil-A from late night student events

Monday, August 13, 2012
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Students at Davidson College, a private liberal arts college in Davidson, N.C., want the school to quit serving Chick-fil-A food at school sponsored late-night events in protest of the fast-food chain’s donations to anti-gay organizations. [ Read more → ]
DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan talks inclusion, party platform and convention planning in his office in Uptown Charlotte.

Countdown underway toward open and inclusive Democratic Convention

Saturday, August 11, 2012
CHARLOTTE — Walk into Steve Kerrigan’s office on the 13th floor of the old Wachovia Center in Uptown Charlotte and you’ll get a sense that this is a man on the move. He has no choice. The countdown clock mounted firmly across from his desk says it all. The 2012 Democratic National Convention used to be months away, but time is ticking. [ Read more → ]
Fred Phelps (right) and others at a Westboro protest.

‘Honoring America’s Veterans’ act has implications for anti-gay Westboro church

Monday, August 6, 2012
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday signed legislation known as the "Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Families Act of 2012" into law, and is expected to have implications for the Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based fringe church which has been labeled an anti-gay hate group. [ Read more → ]
Peter Lucas Moses (left), and Jadon

Cult leader pleads guilty to murder of 4-year-old he thought was gay

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. — The leader of a North Carolina religious cult on Monday pleaded guilty to murdering a 28-year-old woman and a four-year-old boy who he thought was gay. [ Read more → ]

Over 1,000 gather in North Carolina to protest anti-gay preacher’s comments

Sunday, May 27, 2012
NEWTON, N.C. -- Over 1,000 people gathered in this small town about an hour outside Charlotte on Sunday to protest what they called messages of hate by Maiden, N.C. Pastor Charles Worley, whose comments at Providence Road Baptist Church during a sermon on May 13 made headlines last week. [ Read more → ]

Bloomberg blasts N.C. gay marriage ban during commencement address

Sunday, May 13, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday, delivering the commencement address at the University of North Carolina, blasted the state over its approval of a constitutional ban on same-sex unions. [ Read more → ]
Bev Perdue

N.C. Governor: Anti-gay marriage vote makes N.C. ‘look like Mississippi’

Saturday, May 12, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) said Friday that she was embarrassed by voters' passage of an anti-gay marriage amendment to the state's constitution earlier this week, primarily because it made the state "look like Mississippi." [ Read more → ]

Special Report: 2012′s biggest marriage equality milestones so far

Thursday, May 10, 2012
A mid-year update on everything that's happened with marriage equality so far in 2012 -- From Obama's endorsement to a Prop 8 victory to North Carolina, this has been an intense year for marriage -- and it's not even half-over. Here's what's you need to know about what's happened so far and what's coming next... [ Read more → ]

Amendment One and an angry lament of a native son

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
As a native son of the Deep South and of North Carolina, tonight, I am ashamed, and angry. ... I am ashamed for being too understanding of my homophobic brothers and sisters in Christ, knowing personally just how difficult it is to unravel the hate that can be instilled by the Christian faith. I am ashamed for being too tolerant of intolerance and hate. I am angry that the moral arc of the universe has been so misshapen by so-called Christian morality. I am angry that our churches, by and large, have stood for spirit of the world — the spirit of sin, death and hate — rather than the spirit of God — the spirit of love, creation and just societies. [ Read more → ]
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