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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. 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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N.C. GOP platform reasserts some anti-LGBT clauses, softens others

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Meeting in a statewide convention over the weekend in Cherokee, delegates of the North Carolina Republican Party adopted their new party platform, reasserting some anti-LGBT clauses and softening others. The adopted platform makes no mention of a federal constitutional amendment and softens the party platform’s anti-gay animus. [...]

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More faith groups join federal suit to overturn N.C. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and the Alliance of Baptists are are joining as plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage. The United Church of Christ filed the lawsuit in April, challenging the ban on same sex marriage, claiming the [...]

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Same-sex military spouses to receive in-state tuition at UNC

Thursday, May 29, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The University of North Carolina system has directed that in-state tuition be charged to the same-sex spouses of military personnel as long as the couple married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage. [...]

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Aiken working to overcome singing fame to be considered a political candidate

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Clay Aiken
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Congressional candidate Clay Aiken says voters in North Carolina are getting a different look at him from his "American Idol" background. [...]

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Clay Aiken declared winner in N.C. Democratic congressional primary

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Clay Aiken
RALEIGH, N.C. — “American Idol” singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his closest rival. [...]

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Keith Crisco, opponent of Clay Aiken in N.C. Democratic primary, dies in accident

Monday, May 12, 2014
Keith Crisco
ASHEBORO, N.C. -- A North Carolina textile entrepreneur locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic Party primary with former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken has died. [...]

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Transportation Secretary, former Charlotte mayor supports gay marriage

Monday, May 12, 2014
Anthony Foxx
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The former mayor of North Carolina's largest city says he supports same-sex marriage. [...]

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