Following today’s decision by the 4th Circuit that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, North Carolina’s Attorney General – and presumptive 2016 gubernatorial candidate – Roy Cooper, announced earlier today that his office wouldn’t defend the Old North State’s respective ban (known as Amendment 1) when and if it ever goes in front of a judge…quoting WRAL:
Following a federal appeals court ruling Monday that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said his office would no longer oppose challenges to the state’s constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.(WRAL, Raleigh)
In his announcement, Cooper – speaking through the AG’s office – stated that:
“It’s time to stop making arguments we will lose and instead move forward, knowing that the ultimate resolution will likely come from the United States Supreme Court”(WRAL)
“All federal courts have rejected these arguments each and every time, so it’s time for the state of North Carolina to stop making them,” he said. “There’s really no argument left to be made.”(WRAL)
For what its’ worth, its’ about damn time; as far as I am concerned, marriage is a civil right and it should never have been brought before the voters of this state…both common decency and the rule of law make it clear that rights are and should never be subject to the whims of a fickle majority. AG Cooper’s decision also makes sense legally: ever since the 2013 Windsor decision, state after state (including a bunch of very-red states, I might add), have seen their respective marriage bans overturned and it was only a matter of time before North Carolina’s got to the head of the line; better to go ahead and stake a position on the issue now before the courts rule.