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.
N.C. Church Members Charged With Beating Gay Man to Banish 'Demons'
December 11 2014 4:13 PM ET

N.C. Church Members Charged With Beating Gay Man to Banish 'Demons'

Trudy Ring

Five members of the Word of Faith Fellowship face kidnapping and assault charges.

N.C. Judges Continue Resigning to Avoid Officiating Same-Sex Marriages
November 05 2014 7:33 PM ET

N.C. Judges Continue Resigning to Avoid Officiating Same-Sex Marriages

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

Due to religious beliefs, magistrates in North Carolina continue resigning from their offices.

WATCH: NOM Ad Says N.C. Marriage Equality Is All Sen. Kay Hagan's Fault
October 29 2014 2:13 PM ET

WATCH: Why NOM Is Airing an Attack Ad in Senate Race

Trudy Ring

The ad denounces Hagan for voting to confirm the judge who brought marriage equality to the state — but all other senators present voted the same way.

N.C. Senate Leader Seeks to Let County Officials Opt Out of Same-Sex Marriages
October 22 2014 12:00 PM ET

Officials Who Refuse to Marry Gay Couples Want Legal Protection

Trudy Ring

Phil Berger, a Republican state Senator, plans to introduce legislation to allow officials to refuse to handle same-sex marriages if they have religious objections.

Meet 17 Winners And 14 Losers From Marriage Equality's Huge Week
October 15 2014 3:23 PM ET

17 Winners And Losers from Marriage Equality's Huge Week

Matt Baume

Several states have won the freedom to marry in just the last few days. That means plenty to celebrate for same-sex couples and their allies — and plenty to lament for those who oppose equality.

Second Judge Rules for N.C. Marriage Equality — But Will Legislators Challenge?
October 14 2014 8:30 PM ET

Second Judge Rules for N.C. Marriage Equality — But Will Legislators Challenge?

Trudy Ring

Today's ruling follows one that brought marriage equality to the state Friday, but it allows Republican legislative leaders to intervene and potentially appeal.

BREAKING: North Carolina Now Has Marriage Equality
October 10 2014 6:00 PM ET

BREAKING: North Carolina Now Has Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

Same-sex couples in the state began marrying shortly after a federal judge struck down the state's ban about 5:30 p.m. today.

As Support for North Carolina's Equal Marriage Grows, Voters Want to Weigh in
September 19 2014 2:43 PM ET

Polls Show N.C. Ready for Reversal on Marriage Equality

Matt Baume

Two years after approving a constitutional marriage ban, voters have grown more sympathetic to marriage equality, according to a new pair of polls.

North Carolina Congressman Says Businesses Shouldn't Be Forced to Hire Gays
September 19 2014 12:10 PM ET

N.C. Lawmaker Doesn't Want Businesses Forced to Hire Gays

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

North Carolina Representative Robert Pittenger doubled down on previous comments that firing gay people was a freedom for business owners to enjoy.

N.C., Miss. Cities to Offer Same-Sex Spousal Benefits
September 08 2014 4:51 PM ET

N.C., Miss. Cities to Offer Same-Sex Spousal Benefits

Trudy Ring

Winston-Salem becomes the first N.C. city to recognize same-sex marriage for employee benefits purposes, while Starkville, Miss., is the first in the state with domestic-partner benefits.

South Carolina's Marriage Ban Won't Go Down Without a Fight
July 29 2014 4:29 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 6:44 PM ET July 29 2014 1:30 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 1:20 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.

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