North Carolina’s Attorney General says he and his office will no longer defend against challenges to the state’s constitution when it comes to the same-sex marriage amendment. Attorney general Roy Cooper says that it is, “time to stop making arguments we will lose”.
NC to stop defending marriage amendment
Raleigh, N.C. — Following a federal appeals court ruling Monday that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said his office would no longer oppose challenges to the state’s constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ruled that Virginia’s constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution. The Virginia gay marriage case is the latest in a string of decisions overturning bans across the country and is one of several that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Because North Carolina is part of the 4th Circuit, the decision likely mean’s the state’s 2012 constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman will also be overturned in the courts, Cooper said.
“It’s time to stop making arguments we will lose and instead move forward, knowing that the ultimate resolution will likely come from the United States Supreme Court,” he said.
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