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N.C. GOP lawmakers tell officials it’s OK to refuse to marry same-sex couples

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Phil Berger
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Twenty-eight Republicans in the North Carolina Senate are urging state courts administrators not to punish employees who refuse to marry gay couples based on religious objections.

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GOP leader to plans legislation to protect N.C. officials who refuse to marry gays

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Phil Berger
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A top North Carolina Republican said Thursday that he will back a bill protecting state officials who refuse to issue marriage licenses or perform weddings for same-sex couples. Senate Leader Phil Berger Sr. said he will introduce legislation in response to a magistrate in his home county who decided to resign instead of agreeing ...

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North Carolina’s top GOP lawmakers plan to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, October 17, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders plan to appeal a ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. Legal experts say any appeal would face an uphill battle. House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger's appeal would go to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia...

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Judge allows GOP lawmakers to intervene in N.C. gay marriage cases

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A federal judge has allowed Republican lawmakers to intervene in a pair of challenges to North Carolina's now-defunct same-sex marriage ban, potentially enabling them to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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North Carolina GOP leaders file brief hoping to thwart gay marriage ruling

Friday, October 10, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers for North Carolina Republican leaders on Friday filed a legal brief urging a federal judge to allow them to intervene in a pair of cases seeking to overturn the state's gay marriage ban.

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North Carolina GOP leaders hire NOM chairman to help block gay marriages

Thursday, October 9, 2014
John Eastman
RALEIGH, N.C. -- As same-sex couples in North Carolina await federal court rulings they hope will allow them to get married, Republican legislative leaders are making a last-minute move to block or delay the nuptials....

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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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GOP lawmakers seeking outside help to defend N.C. gay marriage ban

Saturday, December 21, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Republican legislative leaders said Friday that they are getting outside legal help related to a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, suggesting they aren't convinced Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper can wholeheartedly defend the state in the case.

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NC’s GOP House leader admits ‘personal difficulty’ with anti-LGBT amendment

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Thom Tillis
This week, N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis admitted he has "personal difficulty" with the anti-LGBT amendment he helped place on the upcoming primary ballot. "I don’t believe government should be telling us what to do," he said.

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