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Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

| Friday, February 14, 2014
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.
NORFOLK, Va. — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appeal or insisting his state's law was sound.

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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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