North Carolina
News from within the borders of North Carolina and the fight for LGBT equality there. Learn more about past and present obstacles toward achieving equality in North Carolina, including hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples and LGBT people. Learn about individuals—activists, politicians, and allies—who have helped us make strides toward equality. We also cover the campaigns of groups opposed to marriage equality and explore how gay marriage is covered in mainstream media. We stay on top of developments so that you can stay informed about this issue.
South Carolina's Marriage Ban Won't Go Down Without a Fight
July 29 2014 5:29 PM ET

S.C.'s Marriage Ban Won't Go Down Without a Fight

Sunnivie Brydum

The Republican attorney general said his office sees no reason to change its strategy after a federal court with jurisdiction over South Carolina struck down a similar ban on same-sex marriage in Virginia.

North Carolina AG Will Stop Defending Marriage Ban In Court
July 28 2014 7:44 PM ET July 29 2014 2:30 PM ET

WATCH: N.C. AG Won't Defend Marriage Ban In Court

Michelle Garcia

Hours after a federal court ruled Virginia's marriage ban is unconstitutional, North Carolina's attorney general said he will stop defending his state's ban in court.

WATCH: Protestors Rally as N.C. Women Seek Marriage License
July 23 2014 2:20 PM ET

WATCH: Protesters Rally as Women Seek Marriage License

Trudy Ring

Keisha Hollifield and her partner, Dericka, were turned down for a license in North Carolina's McDowell County, but were glad to make a point about marriage equality.

May 12 2014 5:41 PM ET

Clay Aiken's Democratic Rival Unexpectedly Dies

The former American Idol star will now go on to face GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers in the fall

WATCH: New N.C. Official Ready to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
May 10 2014 7:30 AM ET

N.C. Official Ready to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Sunnivie Brydum

A former mayor of Carrboro is ready to stand on the right side of history if he's elected to serve as the Register of Deeds in Orange County, North Carolina.

Clay Aiken Race Still Too Close to Call
May 07 2014 6:21 PM ET

Clay Aiken Race Still Too Close to Call

Trudy Ring

The out candidate is ahead by fewer than 400 votes in his congressional primary.

N.C.: Anti-Marriage Equality Pol Was Once Drag Performer
May 04 2014 4:00 AM ET

N.C.: Anti-Marriage Equality Pol Was Once Drag Performer

Trudy Ring

Former drag performer Steve Wiles campaigned for North Carolina's anti-marriage equality amendment in 2012, and now he's running for State Senate.

Elderly N.C. Couples With Severe Medical Issues Demand Marriage Rights
April 11 2014 2:38 PM ET

Elderly N.C. Couples Demand Marriage Rights

Michelle Garcia

Three couples with pressing medical issues appeal to courts to recognize their marriages before it is too late.

WATCH: Trans Student Questioned Over Bathroom Use at N.C. College Lays Out Her Demands
April 08 2014 4:06 PM ET

WATCH: N.C. Trans Student Questioned Over Bathroom Use Responds

Parker Marie Molloy

After being mocked by security guards, escorted off campus, and suspended, a North Carolina trans woman asks for an apology, policy changes, and sensitivity training.

WATCH: N.C. College Security Confronts Trans Student Over Bathroom Usage
April 02 2014 2:10 PM ET

WATCH: N.C. College Security Confronts Trans Student Over Bathroom Usage

Parker Marie Molloy

A 22-year-old transgender college student was removed from her North Carolina campus after being confronted by a security guard outside a women's restroom.

Two North Carolina Trans Women Win Name Change Cases
February 21 2014 6:23 PM ET

Two N.C. Trans Women Win Name Change Cases

Parker Marie Molloy

An 1891 law had been used to prevent two North Carolina trans women from legally changing their names. Today, a court order legally recognized these women for who they are.

Charlotte Mayor Helps Fired Gay Grocery Clerk
February 19 2014 2:25 PM ET

Charlotte Mayor Helps Fired Gay Grocery Clerk

Sunnivie Brydum

After a verbal altercation with North Carolina's Republican governor that cost him his job, Drew Swope received some needed support from the Charlotte's Democratic mayor.

N.C. Gay Couples Register Marriages With State
February 15 2014 1:43 PM ET

N.C. Gay Couples Register Marriages With State

Michelle Garcia

Two couples shared a symbolic gesture toward marriage equality in their home states.

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