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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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Screaming youngster tells gay friendly church they are going to hell, gays are worthy of death

| Monday, April 1, 2013
Nolan Cranford screams at churchgoers on Easter Sunday that they are going to hell.
In a scene reminiscent of a Westboro (“God hates fags”) protest, parishioners at a gay friendly Methodist church in Winston-Salem, N.C., were the target of a wailing youngster and his faceless, off-camera adult coach, who screamed at them as they left Easter services to tell them they were going to hell and that gays are worthy of death.

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U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina says she supports marriage equality

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagen (D-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, one of the few Democratic senators who had not previously come out in support of same-sex marriage, said Wednesday that she now supports marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

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Buncombe County, N.C. approves domestic partner benefits

MATT COMER | QNotes | Friday, March 22, 2013
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Buncombe County, N.C., commissioners voted 4-3 on Tuesday to begin offering health and other benefits to the same-sex partners of county employees.

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N.C. church will no longer officiate weddings until gay couples can marry

| Saturday, March 16, 2013
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Methodist church in Winston-Salem, N.C., said it will no longer perform marriages for heterosexual couples until United Methodist pastors are allowed to officiate at marriages for same-sex couples.

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NC approves tougher funeral protest rules in response to anti-gay church

| Sunday, March 3, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina General Assembly has given final approval to a measure that would impose stronger criminal penalties for people who disrupt funerals or memorial services.

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Man recants story that church held him against his will for being gay

| Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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SPINDALE, N.C. — A North Carolina man who accused his former church of holding him against his will while he was physically and emotionally abused him because he is gay, has recanted his story.

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Westboro funeral protests trigger new penalties backed by N.C. House

| Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina state House is unanimously backing efforts to increase criminal penalties for people who disrupt a funeral or memorial service in response to an anti-gay Kansas church picketing military funerals nationwide.

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Wife of female U.S. Army officer can join military spouses club

| Saturday, January 26, 2013
Ashley Broadway (left) with her wife, Lt. Col. Heather Mack, and their 2-year-old son.Family photo.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A woman who is married to a female Army officer at Fort Bragg and who was recently denied membership in its officers' spouses club said late Friday that she has been invited to become a full member.

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Snubbed by spouses club, Ashley Broadway named Fort Bragg ‘Military Spouse of the Year’

| Friday, January 25, 2013
Ashley Broadway (right) and her spouse, Lt. Col. Heather Mack and their 2-year-old son.Family photo.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Ashley Broadway, the military spouse embroiled in an ongoing discrimination controversy at Fort Bragg, was select as that base's "Military Spouse of the Year," following an online vote by her peers and supporters.

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Same-sex military couples still struggle for recognition, despite DADT repeal

| Saturday, January 19, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. — Sgt. Karen Alexander fought for her country in Iraq, but back home she often feels the U.S. Army is fighting against her. Married to another female soldier with a 4-year-old son, Alexander is denied the same housing allowance and other family-friendly benefits...

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