Same-Sex Marriage

Military
5:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Young Woman A Catalyst For UNC Policy Shift On Same-Sex Military Spouses

Credit Fort Bragg

Jasmine Pollard is an Army reservist. She had just gotten back from a nine-month deployment when she and her now wife decided to marry. The ceremony was in California, a state that allows same-sex marriages.

Her wife also serves. She's a medic stationed at Fort Bragg. So Jasmine, 20, decided to move back East so they could be together. She'd hoped to go to school, taking advantage of a federal law the says military dependents can receive in-state tuition rates.

She ran into problems.

She called Fayetteville State University to ask about the waiver.

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Politics & Government
7:57 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Recap: First 'Moral Monday' Rally Of This Legislative Season

Rev. William Barber (center) is the lead organizer of the Moral Monday movement.
Credit Jorge Valencia

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of the Legislative Building Monday afternoon. It was the beginning of what they say is a second year of rallies in response to laws passed by the state’s Republican-led legislature.

Like many of last year’s Moral Monday rallies, this one started like a party. But it wasn’t exactly a celebration. People protested new laws affecting education, Medicaid and voting.

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Law
1:43 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Bucking N.C. Law: Official Plans To Sign Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Mark Chilton, Orange County Register of Deeds, Elect
Credit Chilton for Register of Deeds / Facebook

Orange County Register of Deeds is not typically a politically volatile position. But Mark Chilton made national headlines when he won the race to become the next register on Tuesday. That's because a primary focus of Chilton's campaign was that he would effectively break state laws banning gay marriage by signing marriage licenses presented by same-sex couples.

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Fourth Circuit Court Challenge Could Affect Same-Sex Marriage In North Carolina

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Credit ca4.uscourts.gov / United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

WUNC’s Capital Bureau chief Jessica Jones, and Duke law professor Neil Siegel talk about recent developments on legal challenges to same-sex marriage laws

  

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is preparing to hear the appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban in February. The decision could have implications for North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage. 

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Law
12:23 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Lawsuit Challenging Ban On Same-Sex Marriage In NC Waiting To Be Heard

Shana Carignan (left) and Megan Parker with son Jax
Credit NC ACLU

Every night before bedtime, Shana Carignan goes through a special ritual with her six-year-old son, Jax. "Arright buddy, you know the drill! We’re going to have to giggle, get the bubbles out, right?," she says.

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The State of Things
11:27 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Benefits For North Carolina National Guard Members

Credit Jacinta Quesada

A panel discussion about the state of same-sex marriage in the National Guard

  

When the United States Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it opened a lot of doors for gay couples. 

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Politics & Government
12:25 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Kay Hagan Announces Support For Gay Marriage

Kay Hagan
Credit hagan.senate.gov

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) announced Wednesday morning on facebook that she supports gay marriage.  The announcement comes on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court hears the opening arguments for the Defense Of Marriage Act.

“I have a great deal of respect for varying opinions on the issue,” she says.  “After much thought and prayer, I have come to my own personal conclusion that we shouldn’t tell people who they can love or who they can marry.”

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Law
1:15 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Attempt Marriage, Despite NC's Ban

Two same-sex couples are submitting applications for marriage licenses today, knowing they will be turned down. The couples are heading to courthouses in Wilson and Winston-Salem as part of a movement called "We Do" from the group Campaign for Southern Equality. The organization hosted a similar event last week in Asheville as a protest of North Carolina's constitutional ban of gay marriage. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is the group's executive director and an openly gay minister in the United Church of Christ.

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State of Things
11:04 am
Wed June 6, 2012

The New Old Organizers

North Carolina voters recently approved an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The amendment outlaws same sex marriage and threatens the recognition of civil unions and domestic partnerships.

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Politics & Government
8:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage Passes

North Carolina is now the thirty-first state to add an amendment banning same-sex marriage to its constitution.

Jessica Jones: Backers of North Carolina's amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions celebrated last night at the North Raleigh Hilton. Kim Creech made a seven-layer white wedding cake that she helped distribute to other supporters.

Kim Creech: was praying that it would happen. And I was glad that it wasn't any more drawn out than it was.

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