NC Attorney General Says He’ll No Longer Defend State’s Gay Marriage Ban Following 4th Circuit Virginia Ruling


North Carolina's Attorney General Roy Cooper said today that he would no longer defend the state's gay marriage ban following the Virginia ruling today from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the News Observer reports:

Cooper said that in light of the decision it would be “futile” to continue arguing the North Carolina’s case against same-sex marriage.

“I have concluded that the state of North Carolina will not oppose the cases moving forward,” Cooper said before a bank of television cameras at his office in downtown Raleigh. “… Our office believes the judges in North Carolina are bound by this 4th Circuit decision.”

Four cases are currently challenging North Carolina's ban on gay marriage. Cooper's decision will not immediately affect NC, the paper says, because no judge has ruled there, but it does pave the way for further equality rulings.

Added Cooper: “Our attorneys have vigorously argued this case every step of the way … There are really no arguments left to be made.”

Watch video of Cooper at WRAL.


  1. Bubba says

    Our attorneys have vigorously argued this case every step of the way … There are really no arguments left to be made.
    No one believes our lies anymore.

  2. woody says

    he’s a democrat and NC is increasingly purple despite the anti-marriage equality vote. i’m not surprised

  3. More Justice Moore says

    Colorado redux.

    Marriage can start in NC immediately.

    Once the mandate is issued there is no need for a NC State ruling. This is the exact same circumstance Colorado was in after the Shelby ruling was upheld by the 10th and Clerk Hall started to issue marriage licenses immediately after the ruling. She asked ‘on what grounds are the licenses being denied?’ and her reasoning was later upheld by a Colorado Court.

    The Fourth Circuit ruling is binding on all states in that Circuit because marriage is a fundamental right and since NC is no longer defending the ban what would be the legal rationale for Clerks to continue to deny licenses there?

    Time for an equality minded Clerk to step up.

  4. jason MacBride says

    The war is over. Lee has surrendered at Appomattox. We’ll spend the next year rounding up the stragglers, then we can all move on to something else.

  5. Bernie says

    yahoo! A deep southern state AG actually gives up fighting marriage equality! This speaks volumes and hopefully will produce a domino effect with other entrenched states.

  6. Lance says

    First…NC isn’t Deep South…it is midatlantic. AG Cooper has been against the law since it came into place. Bring on equality!