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NC magistrates law challenged for constitutionality

Six North Carolina residents are challenging a law that allows magistrates to opt out performing civil marriages if it goes against their religious beliefs. The plaintiffs, who filed the complaint Wednesday and include both LGBT and interracial couples, argue the magistrates law uses taxpayer dollars for religious reasons and therefore violates the First Amendment. Charlotte-based lawyer Luke Largess, who filed the lawsuit in the U.S.


Community members seek awareness, equality for LGBTQ community

“Carrboro has been a leader in North Carolina in LGBTQ equality since the 90s,” said Damon Seils, member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. This is why, he said, the board decided to declare Oct. 10, Marriage Equality Day. The day was created in 2014, and celebrated with gusto, after Amendment 1 was overturned. This year it passed by as a reminder of the important day, without celebration.


US Presbyterian Church approves gay marriage

Strong feelings persist in some Christian communities about the inclusion of LGBT individuals — but last week, the U.S. Presbyterian Church finalized a major change to its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.


Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage

After refusing to take up the issue of same-sex marriage in the fall, the U.S. Supreme Court might, within six months, provide a definitive ruling on whether gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.