Major moments in the fight for LGBT rights in North Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper is set to issue an executive order on LGBT protections.

In light of his announcement to increase protections for LGBT residents in the state, we have put together a timeline of recent moments from North Carolina's long-running and controversial battle for LGBT rights.

Oct. 10, 2014:A U.S. district court judge strikes down North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriages, ruling that such prohibition is unconstitutional.

Jan. 28, 2015:The North Carolina Senate files a bill, known as SB2, allowing magistrates to recuse themselves from performing marriages "based on any sincerely held religious objections."

The bill is vetoed by Republican then-Gov. Pat McCrory on May 28, 2015. That veto is overridden on June 11, 2015, by the North Carolina House of Representatives.

March 23, 2016:McCrory signs into law House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.

March 30, 2017:After backlash to the "bathroom bill," lawmakers in North Carolina reach an agreement to repeal parts of the bill. The deal prevents local governments, schools and others from regulating multistall bathrooms, showers and changing areas and bars cities from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances for nearly four years.

Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization that advocates for LGBT equality, criticizes the compromise and calls it a "backroom deal" that was done for "political expediency."

May 10, 2017:In a federal appeals court, the state defends SB2, the recusal law for magistrates. The state argues that SB2 does not impinge on same-sex couples' right to marry. Three couples brought the case, saying they have legal standing to sue the state because it spends public money to pay for magistrates to travel to perform marriages if all magistrates in an area recuse themselves.

May 16, 2017:Cooper says he will act on his own and issue an order to expand protections for LGBT people in the state.