North Carolina AG Will Not Block ACLU Suit To Overturn State’s Gay Marriage Ban

RoyCooperNCDOJ282-2Some good news out of North Carolina. On Friday, the state's Attorney General Roy Cooper (pictured left) announced that his office would not block the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina's move to challenge the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. QNotes reports:

The ACLU wants to amend their current lawsuit challenging anti-gay second-parent adoption bans to include a challenge to the state's Amendment One. The amendment was passed by voters, 61-39, in May 2012.

Noelle Talley, a spokesman for Cooper, said the Democratic attorney general won't oppose the motion. Both cases, she said, were heading to court and combining them is more efficient.

Tami Fitzgerald, leader of the anti-LGBT NC Values Coalition, has called Cooper's actions in question. She said voters overwhelmingly supported the amendment.

"The constitutionality of the amendment is outside of the scope of a lawsuit regarding adoption by gay couples," said Fitzgerald, according to The Associated Press.

Fitzgerald's group was the chief proponent of the anti-gay ballot measure. 

Cooper's announcement, coupled with Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane's decision to not defend her state's ban on gay marriage, means that we may very well have two more states in the "equality" column before long. 


  1. anon says

    @Joe, this has nothing to do with the AG defending the law. What has happened here is that the ACLU made a request to amend their existing lawsuit about second parent adoption to include a second complaint against the ban on same-sex marriage. The AG could have blocked the request to amend the lawsuit. But, the AG allowed the ACLU to amend the lawsuit instead of blocking the request. And, really, if he had blocked the request, the ACLU would simply have filed a separate lawsuit for marriage equality anyway.

    The AG has NOT made any statement that he won’t defend the laws in court.

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  3. JonnyNYNY2FLFL says

    There’s hope for North Carolina yet. Even though a virulently rightwing GOP element captured the state government recently, a long & deep liberal/progressive tradition still exists. They went for Obama in 2008 & have weekly protests against the statehouse today.

    The Republican over-reaches may well spell their doom.

  4. Mike Hines says

    You guys don’t seem to know your right from your left… this is the second time in a week you’ve labeled someone as “picture left” when they are in fact on the right.

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