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.
WATCH: Clay Aiken Is Officially Running for Congress
February 05 2014 12:49 PM ET

WATCH: Clay Aiken Is Officially Running for Congress

Matthew Breen

One of the most well-known American Idol contestants announced his candidacy for Congress in a new video.

Fort Bragg Army Base Hosts First Same-Sex Union
December 23 2013 5:45 PM ET

Fort Bragg Army Base Hosts First Same-Sex Union

Trudy Ring

The historic ceremony was not technically a marriage, banned by the state of North Carolina, but a religious celebration for a couple legally married in D.C. a few months ago.

Couples Seek Marriage Recognition in North Carolina
October 23 2013 6:58 PM ET

Couples Seek Marriage Recognition in North Carolina

Trudy Ring

As part of the We Do campaign, same-sex couples married in other states are registering their licenses with county officials, while unmarried couples apply for licenses.

WATCH: Asheville, N.C. Register Accepts Marriage Applications from 10 Same-Sex Couples
October 17 2013 12:11 PM ET

WATCH: Same-Sex Marriage Applications Accepted in N.C.

Sunnivie Brydum

Despite a 2012 amendment that prohibits marriage equality, the register of deeds in Buncombe County, North Carolina, accepted marriage applications from ten same-sex couples on Tuesday.

WATCH: Asheville, N.C. Register Accepts Marriage Applications from 10 Same-Sex Couples
October 17 2013 12:11 PM ET

WATCH: Same-Sex Marriage Applications Accepted in N.C.

Sunnivie Brydum

Despite a 2012 amendment that prohibits marriage equality, the register of deeds in Buncombe County, North Carolina, accepted marriage applications from ten same-sex couples on Tuesday.

County Official Challenges North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Ban
October 15 2013 3:47 PM ET

N.C. County Official Challenges State's Marriage Ban

Jase Peeples

Buncombe County register of deeds Drew Reisinger is challenging his state's anti–marriage equality law.

Mom Orders Son: Beat the Gay Out of Your Brother
August 29 2013 2:33 PM ET

Mom Orders Son: Beat the Gay Out of Your Brother

Sunnivie Brydum

A mother in Whiteville, N.C., reportedly ordered her 12-year-old son to 'beat the gay away' from his 15-year-old brother.

An Act of Defiance in North Carolina
October 05 2011 5:49 PM ET

An Act of Defiance in North Carolina

Lucas Grindley

Despite a 2012 constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage equality, same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses in North Carolina as part of the Campaign for Southern Equality's We Do initiative. 

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