McCrory asked not to defend NC gay marriage ban

McCrory asked not to defend NC gay marriage ban

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McCrory asked not to defend NC gay marriage ban

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Associated Press

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 4:01 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Same-sex couples who want Gov. Pat McCrory to keep out of pending litigation challenging North Carolina's gay marriage ban say it's past time for them to have the same privileges as traditional married couples.

Gay rights advocates delivered to McCrory's office in Raleigh on Wednesday 5,000 names of people who don't want him to defend the 2012 constitutional amendment approved by voters limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

About 6,000 more petitions were delivered Wednesday to McCrory offices in Charlotte and near Asheville. Attorney General Roy Cooper announced his office would no longer defend the ban after a similar Virginia prohibition was ruled unconstitutional.

Graham Dixon of Raleigh married his male partner in New York in 2012. He says it's inevitable that North Carolina's amendment will be voided.

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