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Federal Judge Cogburn strikes down same-sex marriage ban in UCC case in Western District

Shortly after Judge Osteen gave plaintiffs until Monday to respond to intervention of legislative leaders in one same-sex marriage case in Greensboro, a federal judge in the Western District struck down a same-sex marriage ban in a case brought by the United Church of Christ and has denied legislative leaders’ request for intervention. QNotes reports:

A federal judge in North Carolina’s Western District has issued an order permanently prohibiting defendants in a United Church of Christ lawsuit against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT amendment from enforcing the ban. Additionally, the judge denied Republican state leaders’ motion to intervene in the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr., issued his two orders shortly after 5 p.m.

“Defendants are PERMANENTLY ENJOINED from enforcing such laws to the extent these laws prohibit a person from marrying another person of the same gender, prohibit recognition of same-sex marriages lawfully solemnized in other States, Territories, or a District of the United States, or seek to punish in any way clergy or other officiants who solemnize the union of same-sex couples,” Cogburn wrote.

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Equality NC has information for LGBTQ couples looking to get married here: http://equalitync.org/marriage/dayone/

2 Comments


  1. Jim Wiseman

    October 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    So since marriage is supposedly not one man and one woman, can I have as many wives as I want? Can I marry animals or inanimate objects? Cogburn has joined his fellow despots in opening a can of worms.

  2. greg locklear

    October 15, 2014 at 9:53 am

    let the judge vote for all of us,why vote it does not seem to matter.the goverment is no more by the people,we live in a bad time,God himself will judge the judge

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