|North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper|
In light of the Fourth Circuit Court’s ruling which found Virginia’s marriage ban is unconstitutional, North Carolina’s attorney general said he will stop defending his state’s ban in court:
“After reviewing the 4th Circuit decision and consulting with attorneys here, I have concluded that the State of North Carolina will not oppose the cases moving forward.
“In addition, the State of North Carolina will acknowledge the 4th Circuit opinion that marriage is a fundamental right and that our office believes that the judges are bound by this 4th Circuit decision.
“In all these cases challenging state marriage laws, our office along with other attorneys general and state attorneys across the country have made about every legal argument imaginable.
“Since the US Supreme Court ruled in the Windsor case, all the federal courts have rejected these arguments each and every time. So it’s time for the State of North Carolina to stop making them.” – North Carolina State Attorney General, Roy Cooper
Today’s Virginia ruling sets precedent for not only that state, but all states in the court’s jurisdiction which includes North Carolina.
South Carolina’s AG, Alan Wilson, issued a statement saying he intends to continue defending his state’s same-sex marriage ban.