Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
A federal court upholds the decision to strike down the state of Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. Local activists believe that could lead to the downfall of North Carolina's Amendment One.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Monday. The three judge panel affirmed the argument that Virginia's law is unconstitutional.
It becomes just the latest of more than 25 federal court rulings nationwide, affirming marriage as a legal right for all. And it likely bolsters a historic lawsuit filed in Charlotte back in April, by a group of same-sex couples and clergy. It argues North Carolina's state Amendment One ban on same-sex marriage violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Tar Heel state is part of the 4th circuit and Monday's appeals court ruling is considered crucial.
"What we think is that it established clear precedence that federal courts in North Carolina can look to in finding Amendment One, our law in North Carolina, is also unconstitutional," says Reverend Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of Campaign for Southern Equality.
"Today we know our law almost surely will be overturned as well. Simply put, it's time to stop making arguments we will lose and instead move forward," says NC Attorney General Roy Cooper. But Attorney General Roy Cooper also points-out this does not mean same-sex marriages in North Carolina can start moving forward, because no judge has ruled on the constitutionality of Amendment One.
A statement released by the North Carolina Values Coalition says "It is outrageous that federal judges put themselves in the place of God by seeking to redefine the very institution that He created."
By: Frank Kracher
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