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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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North Carolina’s top GOP lawmakers plan to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, October 17, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders plan to appeal a ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. Legal experts say any appeal would face an uphill battle. House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger's appeal would go to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of [...]

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North Carolina high school cancels play because it includes a gay romance

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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MAIDEN, N.C. -- A North Carolina high school has cancelled a school play following complaints by some parents and area churches because the play includes a same-sex couple. Students at Maiden High School claimed they had already begun rehearsing for the play “Almost, Maine” when the principal decided to cancel [...]

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North Carolina magistrate resigns over having to officiate same-sex marriages

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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WENTWORTH, N.C. -- A North Carolina magistrate has resigned, saying marrying a same-sex couple violates his religious beliefs. Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam Jr. sent a letter to Chief District Court Judge Fred Wilkins on Thursday saying when he took his oath of office, he didn't take it with the understanding [...]

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North Carolina magistrates directed to officiate same-sex marriages

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Lee Plume, left, and Dean Lindsey, right, kiss following their marriage ceremony outside the Mecklenburg County and Courts Office building during marriage ceremonies on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Monday was the first day that gay couples could marry in Mecklenburg County after a judge's ruling.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina magistrates were directed Wednesday to perform civil marriages for same-sex couples or face suspension or dismissal from their state jobs. Pamela Weaver Best, general counsel for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, sent a letter to state magistrates saying they would be violating [...]

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Judge allows GOP lawmakers to intervene in N.C. gay marriage cases

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A federal judge has allowed Republican lawmakers to intervene in a pair of challenges to North Carolina's now-defunct same-sex marriage ban, potentially enabling them to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. [...]

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North Carolina magistrate refuses to officiate marriages of same-sex couples

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. -- A state magistrate in Pasquotank County, N.C., could face disciplinary action after refusing to marry two men following the end of North Carolina's gay marriage ban. Magistrate Gary Littleton declined on Monday to perform the couple's civil ceremony, citing his religious views that marriage should be [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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