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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Bill preventing UNC gender-neutral housing returns

| Friday, May 24, 2013
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
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
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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Nominee with anti-gay record confirmed to N.C. state Board of Education

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A.L. "Buddy" Collins
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday confirmed six appointments to the state Board of Education, despite an objection raised by Democrats who said one nominee had offended gays with a vote on a bullying measure.

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N.C. lawmakers introduce bills to protect LGBT state workers

| Tuesday, April 2, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina state lawmakers have introduced bills that would extend non-discrimination protections to LGBT state employees.

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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
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
Green Street United Methodist Church
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
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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