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Lawyers in challenge to N.C. same-sex marriage ban watching Okla., Utah

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — Lawyers on both sides of a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s 2012 prohibition of same-sex marriage say they are closely studying recent court rulings overturning similar bans in other states.

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A spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday his office is reviewing Tuesday’s ruling that Oklahoma’s ban is unconstitutional.

A judge in Utah struck down that state’s ban last month. Both rulings are on appeal.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued on behalf of six North Carolina couples challenging a state rule forbidding a same sex partner from adopting his or her partner’s biological child.

That case also includes the state’s 2012 ban on same-sex marriages.

ACLU lawyer Rose Saxe says she is heartened by the recent rulings, which raised legal issues similar to the North Carolina case.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. Why all the hype? Just legalize same sex marriage, same-sex adoption and go about your business. Makes it so less costly.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:56pm
  2. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE GAYS ARE NOT CHIOLDREN THAT NEED APPROVAL FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:04pm
  3. Fucking Hypocrite assholes

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:07pm
  4. This is long overdue.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:09pm
  5. Your going tol ose North Carolina if you opose marriage equality!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:11pm
  6. The US Supreme Court has spoken. Now the States can all fall in line….kicking and screaming if they want….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:29pm
  7. Why are they watching those states. Haven’t they seen the states that have already ruled in favor of same sex marriage?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:00pm
  8. NC prepare yourselves for the future! Welcome to 2014

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:39pm
  9. Building momentum! #Equality

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:53pm
  10. This is getting interesting

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:08am
  11. The Carolinas are so Bible Belt, I understand Anita Bryant lives in a trailer park near the Redneck Rivera, oh to be a fly on the wall…

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:15am
  12. What’s there to watch??? Just legalize it already!!! Don’t wait for other states.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:15am
  13. Oh North Carolina! We’re all gay NOW!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:53am
  14. Gosh hate to see this but NC is so gay racist and it sucks!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:55am
  15. Get Ready NC and SC!!! Lets not be last in everything! 2014 will be VICTORY!!! #GETOVERIT AND #EQUALITY4NCSC

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:56am