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Thursday night after Tillis and Berger filed a motion seeking 8 days to compile legal arguments against marriage equality, Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen Jr. denied the legislators’ request for delay, giving them instead a deadline of noon Friday to lay out their case. WRAL reports:
Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen Jr. set a noon Friday deadline for them to lay out their legal arguments in the case, rejecting their request to delay any decision in the matter until at least Oct. 17.
“These cases have been pending for a lengthy period of time,” Osteen said, adding that lawmakers haven’t offered any legal argument in favor of the gay marriage ban that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hasn’t already set aside when it overturned a similar ban in Virginia this summer.