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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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N.C. governor asked not to defend same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Same-sex couples and their families who want Gov. Pat McCrory to keep out of pending litigation challenging North Carolina's gay marriage ban are bringing names of their allies to his offices.

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Marriage News Watch: Fourth Circuit recap, Miss. couples register marriage licenses

Monday, August 18, 2014
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps last week’s refusal by the Fourth Circuit to delay it's order striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. Now, anti-gay defendants have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in at the last minute.

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Same-sex marriage supporters ask judge for quick N.C. ruling

Thursday, August 14, 2014
North-Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marriage equality advocates want a federal judge to quickly overturn North Carolina's ban on same-sex unions after an appeals court ruling to overturn a similar prohibition in Virginia. Federal Judge William Osteen in Greensboro has put no timeline on when he might rule over whether North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban can stay in place.

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Marriage News Watch: Virginia win impacts neighbor states

Monday, August 4, 2014
Marriage equality supporters and opponents gather outside the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps the Fourth Circuit decision that upheld a ruling that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, and the immediate fallout in several nearby states under that Circuit Court's jurisdiction.

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Marriage equality supporters push for quick ruling in N.C. challenge

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
North-Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban say they will press for quick legal action after a federal appeals court found a similar law in Virginia is unconstitutional.

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N.C. attorney general to drop state’s defense of same-sex marriage ban

Monday, July 28, 2014
Attorney General Roy Cooper (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s attorney general says prosecutors will drop their opposition to challenges to the state’s same-sex marriage ban in the wake of a federal appeals court decision affecting a similar prohibition in Virginia. Attorney General Roy Cooper said at a news conference Monday that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling means...

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N.C. pastors call on governor to defend state’s same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pastors from across North Carolina gathered Tuesday to call on Gov. Pat McCrory to defend the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the face of lawsuits from same-sex couples in the state and around the country. When McCrory, a Republican, ran for governor in 2012, he supported the state amendment that defined marriage ...

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N.C. excludes LGBT protections in governor’s employment executive order

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory passed over protections for LGBT workers in signing a new executive order today barring employment discrimination for state workers. Statewide LGBT advocates are condemning the exclusion and are insisting the governor revisit the new order. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the governor continues...

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N.C. speaker: Comparing homosexuality to pedophilia is ‘not helpful’

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Thom Tillis
RALEIGH, N.C. — Gay rights advocacy groups Wednesday called on General Assembly leaders to take a stand on gay rights issues and respond to comments from a Republican lawmaker who called pedophilia and masochism sexual orientations like homosexuality. North Carolina House Speaker and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis ...

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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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