— Equality NC (@equalitync) October 9, 2014
With Attorney General Roy Cooper refusing to defend Amendment One in the courts, Tillis and Berger have formally filed to intervene, retaining John Eastman of the National Organization for Marriage as primary counsel and meeting a 5 p.m. deadline for action set by a federal judge.
Republican leaders in North Carolina submitted their motion to intervene in two same-sex marriage cases shortly after 4 p.m., meeting a Greensboro, N.C., federal judge’s 5 p.m. deadline.
U.S. District Court Judge WIlliam Osteen released his order shortly after 3 p.m., dismissing all defendants with the exception of Attorney General Roy Cooper, who has already said he will no longer defend the anti-LGBT constitutional amendment passed by voters in May 2012.[…]
In a motion filed late Thursday evening, Tillis’ and Berger’s attorneys asked Osteen to give them eight additional days — up to Oct. 17 — to submit arguments against legalizing same-sex marriage.
Equality NC uploaded the court order of the 5 p.m. deadline earlier today, below: