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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. high school crowns transgender student Homecoming King

Saturday, February 8, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 17-year-old senior at East Meck High School in North Carolina has become the state's first transgender teen to be crowned Homecoming King.

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Bullied 11-year-old ‘brony’ clings to life following suicide attempt

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Michael Morones
RALEIGH, N.C. -- An 11-year-old boy clings to life and may have suffered brain damage following a suicide attempt last month. Family members say Michael Morones was repeatedly bullied at school and called gay because he was a fan of the children's television cartoon "My Little Pony."

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Opponent’s campaign attacks Clay Aiken as ‘San Francisco values’

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. — LGBT North Carolinians reacted swiftly Wednesday to a statement from U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers’ campaign team, which used coded anti-LGBT language to attack Clay Aiken, who earlier announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress.

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Clay Aiken announces bid for U.S. Congress

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Clay Aiken
RALEIGH, N.C. — Former "American Idol" and "Celebrity Apprentice" runner-up Clay Aiken joined another high-profile contest Wednesday - this one to get elected to the U.S. Congress in his native North Carolina.

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Transgender student in North Carolina nominated for homecoming king

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Q NotesEast Mecklenburg senior Blake Brockington holds the fundraising box that will determine if he becomes homecoming king on Friday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 17-year-old transgender senior at a North Carolina high school has been nominated by his peers to run for homecoming king. The winner — whoever raises the most money for an international charity — will be crowned this Friday at East Meck’s homecoming basketball game.

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Blue Cross reversing course, will offer gay N.C. couples family policies

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina's largest insurer is reversing course and now says it will offer family coverage to same-sex married couples and domestic partners in new policies.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield cuts family policies for gay N.C. couples

Sunday, January 26, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's largest insurer has cancelled family insurance policies sold to 20 gay and lesbian couples on a federal insurance marketplace because of restrictive contract language the company plans to remove next year.

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N.C. AG says he supports marriage equality, but will keep defending the ban

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Atty. General Roy Cooper (D-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Attorney General Roy Cooper's office will continue to argue in court for North Carolina's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, even as Virginia's new attorney general has decided to fight his state's gay marriage ban.

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Democratic consultant confirms: Clay Aiken considering run for Congress

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Clay Aiken
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pop singer Clay Aiken, who first made a name for himself as a contestant on "American Idol," is considering a run for Congress in North Carolina's 2nd District, a state Democratic Party consultant confirmed on Friday.

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Lawyers in challenge to N.C. same-sex marriage ban watching Okla., Utah

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Roy Cooper
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers on both sides of a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's 2012 prohibition of same-sex marriage say they are closely studying recent court rulings overturning similar bans in other states.

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