Posted By LAF Editor on August 16, 2014
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North Carolina’s attorney general announced yesterday he would not continue defending his state’s traditional marriage laws after a federal appeals court struck down a similar statute in neighboring Virginia.
“Our attorneys have vigorously argued this case every step of the way,” Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said during a press conference. “But the 4th Circuit has ruled and the 4th Circuit is clear, along with every federal court that has addressed this issue. Therefore, there are really no arguments left to be made.”
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals covers the Carolinas, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia, where it struck down a constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between one man and one woman. It also struck down a law banning recognition for same-sex marriages performed in other states.
After Cooper’s announcement, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said he would continue to fight the attempt to overturn his state’s traditional marriage laws.
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