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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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Winner in N.C. primary says he will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The apparent winner of a Register of Deeds seat in North Carolina says he'll sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples despite a state ban against gay unions.

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No LGBT representation in N.C., as gay candidates take a beating in primary

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Three openly gay candidates vying for office across North Carolina lost in their respective primaries on Tuesday, and with those losses -- for the first time in a decade -- no openly LGBT person will be counted among the state legislature’s 170 members come January.

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Clay Aiken holds slim lead in N.C. primary, but race too close to call

| Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Clay Aiken, right, speaks to supporters during an election night watch party in Holly Springs, N.C., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Aiken is seeking the Democratic nomination for North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Democratic congressional primary race between former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remained very close and without a clear winner.

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Fla. man sentenced in shooting of transgender woman he met on Craigslist

| Friday, May 2, 2014
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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- A Florida man has been convicted of shooting a transgender woman he met on Craigslist six times within days of leaving his wife and arriving in North Carolina.

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Church sues N.C., claims gay marriage ban violates their religious freedom

| Monday, April 28, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A coalition of clergy members filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging North Carolina's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violated their religious freedom.

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N.C. advocacy group to hold rally over state’s tax filing policy

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's largest LGBT advocacy group is holding a rally to protest a new state tax policy regarding same-sex couples.

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Same-sex couples plan filing joint N.C. tax returns as married couples

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Gay and lesbian activists are protesting North Carolina's ban against same-sex marriage as they file their income tax statements.

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Lawsuit cites urgency to overturn N.C. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

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N.C. college battles transgender student over alleged discrimination

MATT COMER | QNotes | Saturday, April 5, 2014
QNotesStudent Andraya Williams speaks to a media outlet during an April 4 rally supporting her, after she says officials at Central Piedmont Community College harassed and discriminated against her.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dozens of students and community members gathered Friday afternoon to protest alleged discrimination at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, calling on the college to apologize to a transgender student who claims she was mistreated and harassed by the school.

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Catholic nun tells students gay parents abuse kids, masturbation turns boys gay

MATT COMER | QNotes | Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Students and parents at Charlotte Catholic High School are speaking out after they say a campus lecturer forcefully condemned homosexuality with outdated statistics, prejudiced stereotypes and other extremist claims.

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