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NC Attorney General Roy Cooper Says He Supports Marriage Equality But Will Defend the State's Ban

The North Carolina Family Policy Council expressed concern after North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper came out for marriage equality over the weekend, the AP reports:

CooperAttorney General Roy Cooper says he supports gay marriage but argues his personal views aren't preventing him from vigorously defending North Carolina's constitutional amendment affirming its prohibition from a lawsuit.

Cooper opposed passage of the amendment in 2012 but hadn't addressed his views on sanctioning gay marriage publicly until now. He said over the weekend "I support marriage equality" when asked by The Associated Press about the topic.

The NCFPC sent out a freaked-out press release on Friday:

Attorney General Cooper is actually the lead defendant in the ACLU lawsuit that is attempting to overturn North Carolina’s marriage statutes and Marriage Protection Amendment and redefine marriage in our state. Yes, you read that right, the lead defendant, not the lead plaintiff.

So why is our Attorney General, who is charged with defending the laws of our state, and who is the lead defendant in a lawsuit that is seeking to overturn the definition of marriage in North Carolina – both in state statute and in the N.C. Constitution – participating as the keynote speaker for a group that has such an explicitly expressed and vested interest in redefining marriage in North Carolina?

At the very least, the Attorney General’s participation in this event is highly inappropriate!

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  1. It's definitely inappropriate! How dare he exercise his first amendment right to free speech! That bastard.

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 14, 2013 3:13:26 PM

  2. Trying to keep everyone happy he thinks. Really masking his homophobia.

    Posted by: KO | Oct 14, 2013 3:19:35 PM

  3. Only a political moron wouldn't support marriage equality in today's society, not that they aren't out there. Most of the opposition is coming from politicians collecting donations from organizations like The North Carolina Family Policy Council. Helping defend an amendment put in place to stop or at least delay marriage equality to the citizens of North Carolina doesn't exactly equal "support".

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Oct 14, 2013 3:38:41 PM

  4. Roy wants his cake and eat it too.

    Can't have it both ways, Roy.

    If you defend the ban, you are not supportive of marriage equality. Plain and simple.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 14, 2013 3:42:40 PM

  5. I would like to kindly suggest that the people saying Roy "can't have it both ways" and shouldn't defend the lawsuit are not fully thinking this through. Do you want a pro-gay person defending the suit or someone anti-gay. Why do you think NCFPC is so upset about him being the one defending it?

    Posted by: NC Democrat | Oct 14, 2013 4:13:11 PM

  6. Well, you know, love the sinner, hate the sin.

    Posted by: Walt NYC | Oct 14, 2013 4:43:32 PM

  7. The whole point of being a public servant is that you're required to carry out your official duties, regardless of your personal beliefs. An attorney general does not have to personally believe in the laws he enforces; that's not a criterion. If he feels he cannot reconcile the two, he should resign - this is what some American judges in the 19th century did rather than enforce Fugitive Slave laws.

    This is basically the same principle underlying the arguments of those county clerks who don't want to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Just like they don't have the right to continue in their jobs if they won't do them, Cooper doesn't have the option of refusing to defend the state's laws in court based on his personal beliefs. He either does it or he should resign.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Oct 14, 2013 5:15:36 PM

  8. "North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper came out for marriage equality over the weekend"

    I DETEST the way Towleroad belittles and demeans the coming out process by claiming that selfish career politicians are 'coming out' by claiming to support equality.

    What this Cooper @$$hole is saying is 'I don't think you are 2nd class citizens but I am going to defend the law that declares you to be 2nd class citizens'.

    He is an enemy of equality. With friends like Cooper, who needs enemies.

    Posted by: MaryM | Oct 15, 2013 4:38:45 AM

  9. Future NC Gov. Roy Cooper is on the right side of history, even if he has to do his job - by the book. I'm so thrilled that the haters are so upset with him. He must be doing something right.

    Posted by: mdnc | Oct 15, 2013 11:55:07 AM

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