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Update: AG Roy Cooper asks for stay in challenge against gay marriage ban

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Attorney General Roy Cooper asked a judge for more time to respond to a new legal attack against North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban.

A judge gave the state and other defendants until April 28th to respond. Cooper says he needs more time because it's close to a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.  The court will be taking up the case of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.  The court also oversees cases in North Carolina.

Last week, advocacy groups filed a new lawsuit challenging Amendment One.

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The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation and the law firms filed a new lawsuit to overturn North Carolina's ban against Amendment One.

Amendment One was added to our state constitution back in 2012 defining marriage as being between a man and woman.

On Wednesday, the ACLU announced the new lawsuit, filed on behalf of three couples legally married in other states.  The suit is seeking to have the state recognize their marriages.

It also filed a motion in its previous case, Fisher-Borne et al. v. Smith, urging the judge to make a ruling in their favor. In that lawsuit, one family is trying to get medical care to their child, but they're being denied because the state only recognizes one as the child's legal parent.

Mike Meno with the ACLU says these lawsuits are about about legal security for these families and also about peace of mind.

Meno says there's been plenty of movement with marriage equality being recognized by the federal government including the overturning of DOMA and several states moving to recognize same-sex couples. He says with these families in North Carolina, the ban is doing harm considering the health situation.

A recent poll by Elon University, puts fifty-one percent of people in North Carolina against gay marriage.

North Carolina has filed a motion to dismiss the original lawsuit and the ACLU did respond. North Carolina's State Attorney General's Office says they have attorneys reviewing today's filings.
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