Following a ruling today from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of marriage equality, North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper held a press conference in response, saying that as a result of the ruling, North Carolina’s own ban on the freedom to marry, “will almost surely be overturned.” He added that the North Carolina’s ban, known as Amendment One is now indefensible, saying “It’s time to stop making arguments we know will lose.”
Cooper, who supports marriage equality, had previously said he was obligated to defend the ban.
The battle there might not be over yet.
Republican Sen. Phil Berger, however, tweeted Monday afternoon that, “North Carolinians voted to put the marriage amendment in our Constitution” and he expected “our AG to uphold his oath by defending it.” Berger’s tweet underscored the acrimony between Cooper, who is expected to run for governor, and Republican leaders who led the bid to define marriage as between a man and a woman in the state Constitution.
So will the General Assembly try to step in and defend the ban? We’ll have to wait and see.