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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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N.C. National Guard to recognize same-sex marriages

| Monday, September 9, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. - The North Carolina National Guard announced Monday that it will begin recognizing same-sex marriages, a policy shift that could have substantial financial help for families not previously eligible for the same federal military benefits awarded to heterosexual couples.

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Mother could face hate crime charges for attempting to ‘beat the gay’ out of son

| Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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WHITEVILLE, N.C. -- A woman in North Carolina is accused of child abuse and could face hate crime charges after she allegedly instructed her son to "beat the gay away" from his brother.

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N.C. churches drop Boy Scout charters over policy to allow gay scouts

| Monday, August 26, 2013
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GASTONIA, N.C. — A handful of churches in North Carolina say they're not renewing their charters with the Boy Scouts of America after the organization announced this year that it would no longer deny membership to openly gay boys.

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UNC system bans gender-inclusive housing on all 17 campuses

MATT COMER | QNotes | Saturday, August 10, 2013
QNotesCampus Pride fellows Romeo Jackson and Gonzalo Agudelo held protest signs in the lobby of the UNC system headquarters on Friday following the board’s vote to ban gender-inclusive housing.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina system Board of Governors voted on Friday morning to approve a ban on gender-inclusive housing on all 17 campuses of the university system.

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AG won’t oppose ACLU expanding lawsuit against N.C. gay marriage ban

| Friday, July 12, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A legal attack against North Carolina's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is taking shape after state Attorney General Roy Cooper's office said Friday he would not oppose adding that challenge to an existing lawsuit.

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ACLU says it will challenge N.C. ban on same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. — The American Civil Liberties Union says it's looking for ways to challenge North Carolina's constitutional ban against same-sex marriages.

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Cult leader gets life in prison for murder of 4-year-old he thought was gay

| Friday, July 5, 2013
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DURHAM, N.C. — The former leader of a polygamist cult in North Carolina has been sentenced to two life terms for the shooting deaths of a 4-year-old boy he believed to be gay and a woman who sought to leave.

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Bill preventing UNC gender-neutral housing returns

| Friday, May 24, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A bill blocking a University of North Carolina policy allowing students to choose roommates of the opposite sex has found new life in the state Senate budget.

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Teen medical ban could threaten gay youth, say advocates

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill restricting teenagers’ access to medical and mental health care initially scheduled to be voted on in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday was taken off the calendar and sent back to the Judiciary Committee.

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Duke University to offer health insurance coverage for transgender students

MATT COMER | QNotes | Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University has announced it will begin offering student health insurance coverage for gender confirmation surgery. The university joins a handful of other institutions offering similar coverage, though the University of North Carolina System currently does not.

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