A constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage has repeatedly died in the legislature.
At least ten bills by sponsored by Republicans and sometimes co-sponsored by Democrats have been introduced in the state House and Senate in recent years.
All would call for a statewide referendum on adding wording to Article 14 of the state constitution defining marriage as "the union of one man and one woman at one time."
Gay marriage is already illegal in North Carolina. A state law passed in 1871 defines marriage as a union between man and woman, while another passed in 1996 deems same-sex marriages invalid.
However, state Republicans argue that the laws — unlike a constitutional amendment — could be overturned by a state judge. That has happened in California, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
After the jump, the bills that have died in committee.
Proposed bills to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage:
S.B. 1608: 2008
H.B. 2803: 2008
S.B. 13: 2007
H.B. 493: 2007
S.B. 1228: 2006
H.B. 2438: 2006
S.B. 8: 2005
H.B. 55: 2005
S.B. 1057: 2004
H.B. 1606: 2004