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Attorneys: N.C. magistrate law unconstitutional, suit seeks to overturn anti-LGBT law

Attorneys: N.C. magistrate law unconstitutional, suit seeks to overturn anti-LGBT law

A federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s anti-LGBT “magistrate recusal” law on same-gender marriages has been filed in federal court. The challenge seeks to overturn Senate Bill 2, the law passed this year which opponents say violates the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection and Due Process clauses.

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One year ago today: Marriage equality comes to Charlotte

One year ago today: Marriage equality comes to Charlotte

It was one year ago today — Oct. 13, 2014 — that dozens of anxious, happy couples lined up early on a drizzly Monday morning awaiting for the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office to open on the first full day of legal marriage for LGBT couples in Charlotte.

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All magistrates in one N.C. county refusing to perform marriages

All magistrates in one N.C. county refusing to perform marriages

All four magistrates in McDowell County, N.C., have opted to take advantage of North Carolina’s anti-LGBT magistrate refusal bill, citing their religious beliefs against same-gender marriage, according to a report today from WLOS.

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Flip Benham, other Charlotte-area anti-gay extremists flock to defend Kim Davis

Flip Benham, other Charlotte-area anti-gay extremists flock to defend Kim Davis

I know. You’re tired of hearing about Kim Davis. I am, too. But this one bit of overlooked news has a bit of an interesting local angle. Among the throngs of people who amassed in Kentucky to support the law-breaking court clerk were several of the Charlotte-area’s own homegrown anti-LGBT extremists. Flip Benham, his twin […]

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Kim Davis goes to jail in Kentucky, but her anti-gay actions are legal in North Carolina

Kim Davis goes to jail in Kentucky, but her anti-gay actions are legal in North Carolina

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis is in jail for repeatedly disobeying a court order to do her job. In North Carolina, her actions are completely legal.

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South Carolina’s Old South is rising to rout the gays

South Carolina’s Old South is rising to rout the gays

South Carolina isn’t going to let its last states’ rights hurrah go down without a fight. In sleepy downtown Columbia, as statues of segregationist Strom Thurmond and violent Red Shirter Ben Tillman look on, a showdown is blossoming between the Palmetto State’s anti-LGBT status quo and the federal government’s continued march toward full equality for LGBT couples.

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N.C. activist: God will destroy U.S. like he destroyed Sodom

A rightwing Christian activist in North Carolina says a forthcoming Supreme Court decision to legalize same-gender marriage nationwide could lead to God’s destruction of the U.S., just like God destroyed Sodom. Quoted by a “correspondent” for his own organization’s website on Jan. 16, Christian Action League of North Carolina Executive Director the Rev. Mark Creech […]

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*Monthly Wrap: Reflections on a month of marriage madness

*Monthly Wrap: Reflections on a month of marriage madness

* The Weekly Month’s Wrap — the most important, impactful and interesting news stories, ideas, cultural trends or just plain-old fun and oddball items I found this week month. The Weekly Wrap returns — after a long several weeks of breaking, history-making news. If you follow regularly, you know that I haven’t been able to sit […]

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Tar Heels: Your LGBT vote matters more this year than ever before

Tar Heels: Your LGBT vote matters more this year than ever before

Tuesday is Election Day, and for the first time in a decade, the chances of an openly gay or lesbian candidate being elected to the North Carolina General Assembly are slim to none. Come January, the state legislature will likely include no openly LGBT voices. The state missed its opportunity to ensure LGBT community representation […]

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Weekly Wrap: Marriage Equality in North Carolina

The Weekly Wrap — the most important, impactful and interesting news stories, ideas, cultural trends or just plain-old fun and oddball items I found this week. This edition of the weekly wrap will be brief, for more than obvious reasons. Simpler sometimes is better (and, boy, doesn’t it help when I’m still slammed covering all […]

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