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Public News Service - NC: LGBTQIA Issues

A case challenging North Carolina's Senate Bill 2 is being heard in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals today. (Brian Turner/Flickr)

MARION, N.C. - A North Carolina law once again is being reviewed by a federal court. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., today is to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 2. Also known as the "Magistrate Recusal" law, it allows magistrates who don't believe in marriage

North Carolina's

RALEIGH, N.C. - Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday signed a bill overturning North Carolina's controversial "Bathroom Bill" after it passed the state House and Senate on the same day. But the repeal legislation, House Bill 142, leaves many LGBTQ advocates feeling as though little if any progress was made i

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing North Carolina over HB 2, and Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration have opted to counter-sue. (HalGoodtree/Flickr)

DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina is going toe-to-toe with the federal government over HB 2, the controversial law passed in March. On Monday, the federal government filed a lawsuit against the state, saying it's violating the Civil Rights Act, Title Nine, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorizatio

A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - a regional district court for North Carolina - could impact the future of HB 2 in North Carolina. (BrianTurner/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The fallout continues from Tuesday's ruling by a federal court in Virginia in favor of a transgender student – putting the future of North Carolina's controversial new law in question. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit – a regional district court fo

North Carolina lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory are facing criticism, even from the White House, for HB 2. The new law prevents local municipalities from enacting laws to protect the rights of LGBT people. (FrankJania/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - The economic impact of House Bill 2, passed and signed into law last week, is hard to quantify so far, but economists warn the costs could be steep. The law strikes down local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. San Francisco, Seattle and New York City all

A new law will prevent local municipalities from passing legislation to enable transgender people to use public bathrooms assigned to the gender they identify with. Legal challenges are expected to follow. (Shelly/Flickr)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - While it often takes months to advance new bills through the North Carolina State Assembly, Gov. Pat McCrory has signed legislation lawmakers pushed through this week with sweeping speed. The State Assembly passed legislation, House Bill 2, that blocks cities from allowing transg

Photo: Gov. Pat McCrory says he will veto a bill that would have allowed court officials to opt out of same-sex marriage duties based on religious beliefs. Photo credit: mensatic/morguefile.com

RALEIGH, N.C. - After passing the state House and Senate, the so-called marriage objections bill will be vetoed, according to Gov, Pat McCrory. In a statement, the governor said he is called by the duties of his office to defend the Constitution. If signed, Senate Bill 2 would have allowed magistra

Photo: Attorney Annika Brock and her partner Elaine Potter of Asheville were married last year in Vermont, but say they are looking forward to having their marriage recognized by their home state. Photo courtesy: Annika Brock.

RALEIGH, N.C. - With the U.S. Supreme Court opting not to review appeals court rulings in seven states regarding same-sex marriage bans, groups like the ACLU and Equality N.C. say legally recognized same-sex marriages could happen in North Carolina in a matter of days. The U.S. Supreme Court decisi

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