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North Carolina says it will no longer defend same-sex marriage ban in court
North Carolina says it will no longer defend same-sex marriage ban in court

North Carolina’s attorney general said Monday that the state would stop defending its same-sex marriage ban against legal challenges, just hours after a federal appeals court ruled that a similar ban in Virginia is unconstitutional. At a news conference Monday afternoon, Atty. Gen. Roy Cooper said he had made the decision because the appeals court ruling "predicts our law will be struck down." "Simply put, it is time to stop making arguments we will lose and instead move forward, knowing that the ultimate resolution will likely come from the U.S. Supreme Court," Cooper said. Voters in the state approved the ban, known an Amendment One, in 2012. The highly...

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