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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Republican majority in North Carolina may lead to anti-gay marriage amendment

Saturday, November 13, 2010
With Republicans taking the majority in the North Carolina General Assembly next year, social conservatives believe the Legislature may finally permit a vote on a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Caitlin Breedlove

Advocates rally in support of affectionate lesbian couple ejected from shopping center

Sunday, October 17, 2010
More than 100 people gathered at a Raleigh, NC, shopping center on Sunday afternoon in a demonstration of support for a lesbian couple who were ejected from the property last week after a security guard witnessed them displaying an act of affection. [ Read more → ]

Clay Aiken to speak at hometown gay rights event

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
[caption id="attachment_6420" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Aiken"][/caption] More than a year after disclosing he is gay, Clay Aiken is speaking before a gay-rights event in his hometown of Raleigh, NC, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. This weekend, he will speak as part of the Human Rights... [ Read more → ]

Asheville city council expected to take up gay rights issues

Sunday, November 8, 2009
ASHEVILLE, NC -- With the election of three new City Council members, Asheville will consider extending benefits to same-sex partners of city employees. On Friday, Councilman-elect Gordon Smith said he hopes to extend domestic partner benefits as one of his first priorities once new council... [ Read more → ]

Election night brings victory and defeat for gay candidates, issues across the nation

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It was to be a night of hope and promise for the LGBT community, but instead the crushing defeat of Maine's gay marriage law delivered another setback for gay rights advocates and overshadowed many other victories at the ballot box Tuesday. In Maine, voters on... [ Read more → ]

Durham city council passes resolution supporting gay marriage

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The debate over gay marriage took center stage Monday night at the Durham, North Carolina City Council meeting. After no debate and little public comment, the council unanimously passed a resolution supporting same-sex marriage. The resolution, introduced by Durham resident Joshua Lee Weaver, calls upon... [ Read more → ]
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