NC Equality Lobbying Day

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Gay rights supporters in North Carolina fell short last year in stopping a constitutional amendment that made clear same-sex marriage and civil unions are unlawful in the state. Now they're lobbying again, this time to seek more protections for state workers.

More than 250 people have registered for Equality North Carolina's lobbying day Tuesday at the Legislative Building.

It was the Republican-led legislature that put on the ballot in May 2012 the constitutional amendment that voters statewide ultimately passed by more than 20 percentage points.

The General Assembly remains in GOP hands. Equality NC members now want legislators to consider a House bill filed by more than a dozen Democrats to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the list of nondiscrimination protections for state employees.