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. voters approve constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
North Carolina voters on Tuesday approved Amendment One, a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the Associated Press has reported. [ Read more → ]
Orson Scott Card

Author: Marriage amendment is about forcing ‘anti-religious values’ on children

Monday, May 7, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Author Orson Scott Card, primarily known for his science fiction writings, says "there is no need to legalize same sex marriage" in North Carolina, because there are “no laws left standing that discriminate against gay or lesbian couples." [ Read more → ]

All eyes on Colorado civil unions, North Carolina marriage vote

Monday, May 7, 2012
Civil unions are close to passing in Colorado, but there's only a few days left before the legislature adjourns. We're getting down to the wire on Amendment One in North Carolina. The Prop 8 play is getting new legs as an audiobook. And the guys behind "We Are Young" have some strong words for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Catholic Church political mailer draws complaint to N.C. elections board

Sunday, May 6, 2012
The Catholic Dioceses of North Carolina have contributed $100,000 in support of Amendment One, a ballot initiative that goes before voters Tuesday, and if approved, would amend the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Bill Clinton urges N.C. voters to reject ban on same-sex marriage

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has recorded a "robo call" to mobilize North Carolinians to vote in opposition to Amendment One, a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Sean Harris

Re-defining ‘Bully Pulpit’ — Pastor sends chilling message of violence

Friday, May 4, 2012
Many have heard and seen Pastor Sean Harris' shouted exhortations about "squashing like a cockroach," the first signs of gender-variant behavior in children. Fewer have seen his searing denunciation of transgendered persons as "an affront to God." ... and I have counseled at least three GLBT young adults who have attended this church. They all said they heard similarly hateful messages there, which not only drove them away, but also pushed them into depression and self-harm, even suicide attempts ... [ Read more → ]

We are now all members of Billy Graham’s church… whether we like it or not

Thursday, May 3, 2012
The last time I checked, I never signed up for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. I don’t even like his church, yet he thinks I should be forced against my will to live by its rules. Do we now make our civil laws based upon Christian Sharia? Do we all have to follow his version of the Bible or be punished by government? And if this is the case, are we really a free country? Are we really much different than Iran, or is it only by a matter of degrees or a matter of time until these so-called “Christian Supremacists” get their filthy and corrupt paws on all of our laws? [ Read more → ]

Billy Graham urges North Carolina voters to ban marriage equality

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Famed televangelist Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday urged North Carolina voters to support an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage, [ Read more → ]
Sean Harris

NC pastor who advocated violence against gay kids: ‘I was misquoted’

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
North Carolina preacher Sean Harris, the Senior Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., who is heard in an audio clip telling his congregation that, should their children show any signs of “homosexual” behavior, it is their responsibility to use violence as a corrective measure to prevent that child from being gay or lesbian, now say he was misquoted and just joking. [ Read more → ]
Sean and Pam Harris

NC pastor: ‘crack limp wrists’ of girlish boys, reign in your ‘butch’ daughters

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
It's okay to "beat the gay" out of children, says North Carolina Baptist preacher Sean Harris, who advised his congregation that should their children show any signs of "homosexual" behavior, then it is their responsibility to use violence as a corrective measure to prevent that child from being gay or lesbian. [ Read more → ]

Civil unions close in Colorado, only a few days until N.C. votes on marriage equality

Monday, April 30, 2012
Civil unions advance in Colorado, but old foes are joining forces in Maine. There's just a few days left until North Carolina votes on an extreme constitutional amendment, and the race is getting closer and closer every day. [ Read more → ]

Colorado searches for civil union sponsor, early voting begins on NC marriage ban

Monday, April 23, 2012
Civil unions head to the Senate in Colorado, but nobody seems to be quite sure who's going to sponsor the bill once it reaches the House. Early voting's begun in North Carolina, just in time for a big TV ad buy starting this week. And the bumpy road to repealing Ohio's marriage ban just got bumpier... [ Read more → ]

New Bern, N.C. passes resolution supporting ban on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
NEW BERN, N.C. -- Aldermen of New Bern, N.C., on Tuesday passed a controversial resolution that supports amending the state's constitution banning same-sex marriage, which is to be put before North Carolina voters in a ballot initiative on May 8. [ Read more → ]

NOM promotes anal-obsessed preacher Patrick Wooden… again

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Once again, the National Organization for Marriage is promoting North Carolina pastor Patrick Wooden, who stars in a video meant to drum up support for the state’s discriminatory Amendment One. [ Read more → ]

Poll: 60 percent of N.C. voters oppose constitutional ban on gay marriage

Monday, April 2, 2012
ELON, N.C. -- A Elon University Poll released Monday found that six out of ten persons in North Carolina would oppose an amendment to the state constitution that prevents any same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships or civil unions. [ Read more → ]

California Democrats to help fight anti-gay measure in North Carolina

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A big win for marriage in New Hampshire, and California Democrats pledge to help the campaign to stop an anti-gay measure in North Carolina. But with alarming poll numbers out this week, will that help be enough? [ Read more → ]

Bank of America executive: N.C. anti-gay marriage amendment would be ‘disastrous’

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A top executive at Bank of America this week denounced a proposed constitutional amendment in North Carolina that would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, and said the initiative would be "disastrous" to the state's business climate. [ Read more → ]

N.C. anti-gay marriage ad makes the case against the anti-gay amendment

Saturday, March 24, 2012
A new ad from Vote for MarriageNC, the group attempting to pass a "one man, one woman" anti-gay marriage amendment in North Carolina, uses ordinary people trying to convey a “grassroots” message. However, in many ways, the ad actually makes the case against Amendment One. [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay marriage vote looms in N.C., and a close call in Washington state

Monday, March 19, 2012
It's coming down the wire in North Carolina, where an anti-gay ballot measure is looking an awful lot like the Prop 8 fight all over again. Meanwhile Denver Republicans vote to support civil unions, we'll get a vote this week on ending marriage equality in New Hampshire, and President Obama speaks out against an anti-gay ballot measure. [ Read more → ]

Obama ‘does not support’ North Carolina anti-gay marriage initiative

Friday, March 16, 2012
President Obama “does not support” an upcoming measure on the ballot in North Carolina that would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage and marriage-like unions, according to a statement issued by his campaign. [ Read more → ]
Steav Bates-Congdon (right) and Bill Bates-Congdon

Music director at Catholic church fired for marrying partner of 23 years

Thursday, February 16, 2012
The popular music director at a Charlotte Catholic church has lost his job because he married his partner of 23 years in New York, one of seven states to recognize same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken: Proposed NC anti-gay marriage amendment ‘goes too far’

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Singer Clay Aiken, a North Carolina native, said he loves his home state but is deeply unhappy about proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban same sex marriages. The former "American Idol" contestant spoke out about the amendment in a video posted to YouTube on Monday. [ Read more → ]

Marriage equality moves forward in Washington, New Jersey

Monday, February 13, 2012
Marriage equality took center stage again on Monday, with progress on both coasts -- in Washington out west, and in the east, New Jersey. [ Read more → ]
Patrick Wooden

Anti-gay pastor, NOM ally goes off the deep end again about ‘gay sex’

Monday, January 30, 2012
Raleigh N.C. "diaper pastor" Patrick Wooden is not only refusing to take back his comments that gay men have so much anal sex that they require surgery and diapers, and that they use gerbils, baseball bats, and cell phones as sexual instruments, but he seems to be reveling in his notoriety at the expense of looking like a damn fool. [ Read more → ]

Why voting on rights is a lousy idea…

Monday, January 30, 2012
Maine, Washington, and Maryland are all closer than ever to marriage equality, but the Governor of New Jersey thinks that civil rights should be put to a popular vote -- whether it's marriage today, or school desegregation in the 1950s. This week's Marriage News Watch report is here... [ Read more → ]
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