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Fisher-Borne v. Smith

Fisher-Borne v. Smith is a federal court challenge to North Carolina's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed June 13, 2012 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, by the ACLU of North Carolina on behalf of six same-sex couples seeking the right to obtain second-parent adoptions. In July 2013, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor in June, the plaintiffs amended their suit to challenge the constitutionality of the state's denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples. [ Case files. ]

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Marriage equality supporters push for quick ruling in N.C. challenge

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
North-Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban say they will press for quick legal action after a federal appeals court found a similar law in Virginia is unconstitutional.

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N.C. marks 2nd anniversary of same-sex marriage ban

Friday, May 9, 2014
Opponents of same-sex marriage gather for a rally at the State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The second anniversary of the passage of North Carolina's constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage was marked Thursday with same-sex couples unsuccessfully seeking licenses to wed, and amendment supporters rallying to preserve the ban.

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Lawsuit cites urgency to overturn N.C. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
North-Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

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N.C. AG says he supports marriage equality, but will keep defending the ban

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Atty. General Roy Cooper (D-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Attorney General Roy Cooper's office will continue to argue in court for North Carolina's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, even as Virginia's new attorney general has decided to fight his state's gay marriage ban.

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

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Roy Cooper
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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GOP lawmakers seeking outside help to defend N.C. gay marriage ban

Saturday, December 21, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Republican legislative leaders said Friday that they are getting outside legal help related to a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, suggesting they aren't convinced Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper can wholeheartedly defend the state in the case.

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N.C. AG supports gay marriage, but says that won’t prevent him from defending state ban

Monday, October 14, 2013
Roy Cooper
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Attorney General Roy Cooper has revealed that he supports same-sex marriage, and he says his personal views won't prevent him from vigorously defending North Carolina's constitutional amendment against such marriages in a lawsuit.

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AG won’t oppose ACLU expanding lawsuit against N.C. gay marriage ban

Friday, July 12, 2013
Atty. General Roy Cooper (D-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A legal attack against North Carolina's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is taking shape after state Attorney General Roy Cooper's office said Friday he would not oppose adding that challenge to an existing lawsuit.

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ACLU says it will challenge N.C. ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
North-Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. — The American Civil Liberties Union says it's looking for ways to challenge North Carolina's constitutional ban against same-sex marriages.

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