Topics: Gay Marriage

A series of court decisions pertaining to gay marriage during the fall of 2014 also led to its legalization in North Carolina. Before summer of 2015, it was only legal in 36 states and Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states on June 26, 2015.

NC bill banning same-sex marriage will not advance in the General Assembly

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A bill filed Tuesday in the N.C. General Assembly to ban same-sex marriage will not advance in the legislature, according to a statement by N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore.


Bill in General Assembly calls for state to reject same-sex marriage

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North Carolina legislators filed a bill Tuesday calling on the state to reject the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 legalization of same-sex marriage.


Opinion: Reimagining familial relations

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, this board chose to take a moment to share our thoughts on the subject of marriage — not love, which we enthusiastically support, but marriage.


Former Charlotte Catholic teacher sues school for anti-gay discrimination

A former teacher at Charlotte Catholic High School is suing after being fired following an announcement that he was to marry his same-sex partner.


Lawsuit dismissed against marriage refusal law for magistrates

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against Senate Bill 2 on Sept. 20, causing an immediately filing to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Q&A with same-sex marriage Supreme Court plaintiff Jim Obergefell

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Jim Obergefell was the main plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. He will speak and have a book signing at the Institute for Arts and Humanities at 2 p.m. on Friday.


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.


One year later, LGBT community still on road to equality

For one Carrboro woman, life finally feels normal.


Same-sex couples still face obstacles with adoption

As America grows evermore accepting of the LGBT community, some religious communities have opened their congregations to people of different sexual orientations, but religiously affiliated adoption agencies have been slow to change.


Former congressman speaks to empower American citizens

Barney Frank, former Massachusetts's representative andthe first member of the U.S. Congress to marry someone of the same sex while in office, spoke at the annual Weil Lecture on American Citizenship Thursday in Carroll Hall.


Gay marriage discouraged within American Indian tribes

Celebrations from this summer’s landmark decision on same-sex marriage haven’t quite reached all corners of the 50 states — specifically American Indian lands.


Validity of opt-out marriage license law debated in North Carolina

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The N.C. General Assembly passed a law in June allowing magistrates to opt out of performing civil marriages that require them to go against their religious beliefs — but law experts say it could be irrelevant.


Gay couples in North Carolina celebrate Supreme Court ruling and look to next fights in LGBT equality

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Katy Folk wants to take a moment to let it soak in.


NC General Assembly clashes with governor over a bill concerning gay marriage

North Carolina government officials can now choose not to issue marriage licenses when doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs. 


US Presbyterian Church approves gay marriage

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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.


Same-sex marriages challenged by states

A number of states have continued to fight against the legalization of gay marriage, despite court decisions in the past year in favor of the practice.


Married gay couples face maze of NC adoption laws

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Jack Tharrington is 18 months old. He loves to flip through picture books, play soccer, push the keys on a laptop. He’ll be a big brother in June.


Carrboro mayor Lydia Lavelle calls for national inclusivity

Weddings are large and small, home and away, but few couples can say their ceremony was an open, town-wide event.


Wake couple hopes for sweeping ruling

In relationships, some say timing isn’t everything. But for Chris Creech and Chad Biggs of Raleigh, timing meant the difference between partner and husband. 


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. 


Supreme Court might review gay marriage

A final ruling on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans might be approaching, as the U.S.


Court decisions bring gay marriage to NC, other states

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A tidal wave of federal court decisions during fall 2014 led to legal gay marriage in North Carolina — just over two years after voters in the state banned same-sex couples from marrying.


Nationwide, colleges try to reconcile faith with gay rights

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Justin Herring wouldn’t leave his dorm in tight jeans his freshman year.


Religious beliefs create conflict over gay marriage for NC officials

Since a federal judge struck down North Carolina’s gay marriage ban in October, there has been an ongoing struggle among state officials about granting same-sex marriage licenses.