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ACLU files lawsuit challenging North Carolina same-sex marriage ban
April 10, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of North Carolina filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday seeking recognition of marriage from the state of North Carolina for three married, same-sex couples. In each couple, one member has a serious medical condition, and North Carolina's s....... [more]

Federal appeals court strikes down North Carolina 'choose life' license plates
February 12, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a 2011 North Carolina law that permits residents to display a license plate reading "Choose Life" is unconstitutional. North Carolina appealed to the Fourth Circuit after a federal district court judge struck down the law. The Fourth....... [more]

Federal judge rules North Carolina abortion ultrasound law is unconstitutional
January 19, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina on Friday ruled that a North Carolina state law requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound procedure is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment rights of physicians and patients. The lawsui....... [more]

The Establishment Clause Timeline
November 13, 2013
11/06/2013: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on legislative prayer. 07/03/2012: Federal judge upheld South Carolina program awarding credit for off-campus religious courses. 01/17/2012: Supreme Court declined to rule on board meeting prayers in North Carolina. 01/11/2012: Supreme Court upheld A....... [more]

North Carolina official to begin accepting same-sex marriage licenses
October 15, 2013
Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger, in Asheville, North Carolina, announced Monday he will begin accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples and requested review of the decision from North Carolina's Attorney General. Attorney General Roy Cooper has stated that he su....... [more]

DOJ sues North Carolina to prevent new voting laws
September 30, 2013
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Monday that it has filed a lawsuit to bar North Carolina from implementing their recently-passed voting reform bill, stating that the stricter requirements will disproportionately effect minority groups. Particularly, the DOJ takes issue with the bill....... [more]

The Family, Faith and Freedom Protection Act of 2013 Is an Abuse of Power
September 20, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Nimra Azmi, Harvard Law School Class of 2015, discusses a recent vote for a bill by the North Carolina General Assembly which would ban all foreign law from the state...On August 25, 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Family, Faith, and Freedom Protection Act....... [more]

North Carolina Restricts Voting Access in the Name of Reform
August 27, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Nick Byrne, University of North Carolina School of Law Class of 2015, analyzes the repercussions both intended and otherwise that will arise from the recent North Carolina legislation requiring government-issued IDs at elections...In the final hours of the North....... [more]

North Carolina governor allows anti-Sharia bill to become law
August 27, 2013
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Sunday allowed a bill that prohibits North Carolina judges from considering Islamic law in their decisions to become law. House Bill 522 prevents courts from applying foreign law in divorce, alimony and child custody actions, if doing so would violate a person....... [more]

North Carolina court strikes down sex offender social media ban
August 21, 2013
The North Carolina Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that a North Carolina law prohibiting registered sex offenders from commercial social networking websites accessible by children, such as Facebook and Myspace, is unconstitutional. In a unanimous opinion, the court found that the law "arbitrarily....... [more]

North Carolina governor vetoes bill requiring drug testing for public benefits
August 16, 2013
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory vetoed a bill on Thursday that would have mandated drug testing for some public benefit applicants in the state. North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, a supporter of the bill, released a statement expressing disappointment in the governor's veto. In the pres....... [more]