ACLU gearing up for marriage equality battle in North Carolina

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North Carolina still institutes a marriage equality ban, but the American Civil Liberties Union as well as the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation will soon challenge it.

The ACLU has been in a few battles over civil liberties in North Carolina.

Last year, the human rights organization represented an LGBT couple and their six children while also challenging North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper to amend the marriage equality ban in regards to second parent adoption.

“If the Attorney General’s office does not agree to the addition of the new claim, the ACLU will petition the court to allow the claim to be added,” according to a press release by the ACLU.

While North Carolina citizens approved a marriage equality ban with 60% in favor last year, the Supreme Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional is a precedent for many states to consider repealing their marriage equality ban.

Marriage equality endorsements from President Obama and Senator Hagan will help push LGBT laws into consideration.

“The past year has witnessed a sea change in the quest to secure the freedom to marry for all committed couples across the nation and in North Carolina,” said ACLU-NCLF Legal Director Chris Brook, in an interview with wbtv.com.

“Conversations are happening at dinner tables throughout our state with more and more North Carolinians agreeing that the rights and responsibilities that come with marriage should not be denied to loving and committed couples simply because they are gay or lesbian.”

Within the religious community, because the United Methodist Church policy bans its clergy from marrying same-sex couples, one church within the faith has agreed not to conduct weddings for heterosexual couples until its clergy are permitted to perform LGBT weddings as well.

The ACLU will also challenge the marriage equality ban in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

“What we’re looking for is for the court to say: Here we are in the 21st century, and you cannot prohibit somebody from participating in this wonderful institution we call marriage,” said Pennsylvania ACLU legal director Witold Walczak in a press release.

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