NC Attorney General Will No Longer Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban


by WCCB Charlotte

 RALEIGH, NC -- North Carolina's Attorney General says he will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Roy Cooper made the comments after a ruling Monday by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The panel ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.  Cooper says, while same-sex marriages won't start here anytime soon, it does predict that North Carolina's law will be struck down.

"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," said Cooper.

North Carolina is included in the Fourth Circuit.  Groups opposing same-sex marriage argue that court decisions like the one Monday go against the will of the majority.  Sixty-one percent of voters in North Carolina said "yes" to Amendment One in 2012.

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