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Weekly Wrap: Gay marriage, state incentives

Posted October 16, 2014 7:16 p.m. EDT

— Republican legislative leaders are still weighing whether to pursue an appeal of the decisions of two federal judges striking down North Carolina's 2-year-old constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

The rulings, which cited a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision overturning a similar ban in Virginia and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to review that case, sparked a wave of same-sex couples obtaining marriage licenses and exchanging vows across the state in recent days.

Outside of gay marriage and the continuing political campaigns, WRAL News wrapped up a three-day series this week looking at the incentives North Carolina pays out to attract companies to the state or get them to expand here. The series showed that few of the promised jobs ever materialize, much of the money promised to the companies is never paid out and little of the job growth occurs in rural areas.