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Hope for same-sex couples in NC?

Posted By Ricky Leung On December 22, 2013 @ 5:59 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

WRAL reports [1] that a same-sex couple Maj. Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor exchanged vows Saturday in a ceremony at Fort Bragg. While it wasn’t a wedding (prohibited by Amendment One), hope may yet to come soon, if the trend from New Mexico and Utah continues to the Tar Heel state.

Only a few days ago, New Mexico became the 17th state [2] to recognize same-sex marriages.

Utah soon followed suit, with a federal judge ruling against a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. Thinkprogress has a breakdown [3]of how the judge systematically tore down many of the arguments against marriage equality.

The events in Utah prompted one couple to get married an hour after the law was struck down. [4] And dozens of couples soon did likewise [5].

Here in North Carolina, as NC Policy Watch has covered in a previous Crucial Conversation [9] event, the ACLU has filed a lawsuit [10] on behalf of six couples seeking marriage equality and second-parent adoption rights, challenging the state’s constitutional ban.


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[1] WRAL reports: http://www.wral.com/same-sex-ceremony-held-at-fort-bragg-s-chapel/13240721/

[2] New Mexico became the 17th state: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/19/new-mexicos-highest-court-rules-gay-marriage-legal

[3] Thinkprogress has a breakdown : http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/12/21/3098351/utah-marriage-equality/

[4] one couple to get married an hour after the law was struck down.: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/12/20/3097821/hour-federal-judge-struck-utahs-sex-marriage-couple-married-documented-twitter/

[5] dozens of couples soon did likewise: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-gaymarriage-utah-20131220,0,4692192.story

[6] @SLCMayorsOffice: https://twitter.com/SLCMayorsOffice

[7] #utpol: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23utpol&src=hash

[8] December 21, 2013: https://twitter.com/mattcanham/statuses/414234887583838209

[9] NC Policy Watch has covered in a previous Crucial Conversation: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/videos/parents-in-life-strangers-on-paper/

[10] ACLU has filed a lawsuit: https://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/fisher-borne-v-smith

[11] On the 2nd Anniversary of Amendment One, same-sex couples step up to be recognized : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/06/on-the-2nd-anniversary-of-amendment-one-same-sex-couples-step-up-to-be-recognized/

[12] Clergy join the court fight against bans on same-sex marriage, citing religious freedom : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/28/clergy-join-the-court-fight-against-same-sex-marriage-citing-religious-freedom/

[13] Couples ask federal court to block enforcement of state’s same-sex marriage ban : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/09/same-sex-couples-ask-federal-court-to-block-enforcement-of-states-same-sex-marriage-and-second-parent-adoption-bans/

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