N.C. attorney general won’t block ACLU marriage suit

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: July 12, 2013 in News

Originally published: July 12, 2013, 4 p.m.
Updated: July 12, 2013, 4:31 p.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced his office will not block the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina’s move to challenge the state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment on marriage.

The case is heading to a federal court in Greensboro. The ACLU wants to amend their current lawsuit challenging anti-gay second-parent adoption bans to include a challenge to the state’s Amendment One. The amendment was passed by voters, 61-39, in May 2012.

Noelle Talley, a spokesman for Cooper, said the Democratic attorney general won’t oppose the motion. Both cases, she said, were heading to court and combining them is more efficient.

Tami Fitzgerald, leader of the anti-LGBT NC Values Coalition, has called Cooper’s actions in question. She said voters overwhelmingly supported the amendment.

“The constitutionality of the amendment is outside of the scope of a lawsuit regarding adoption by gay couples,” said Fitzgerald, according to The Associated Press.

Fitzgerald’s group was the chief proponent of the anti-gay ballot measure.