Gov. Pat McCrory is facing pressure from an advocacy organization about whether the state should continue to defend its constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Equality NC is urging the Republican to stop the legal case after the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals struck Virginias ban in July and Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said he would no longer defend North Carolinas law. The group plans to deliver about 10,000 petitions to McCrory on Wednesday to make its case.
Now more than ever, its time for our state leaders to stop defending North Carolinas discriminatory marriage ban, said Chris Sgro, the groups executive director. On Aug. 27, we are proud to deliver this important message alongside families from all across the state who are demanding Gov. McCrory not waste one taxpayer dollar defending what is now an unconstitutional and indefensible law. In doing so, we join them in asking that our elected officials not only stand with their constituents, but also, in doing so, help North Carolina stand on the right side of history.
At the same time, a group of church leaders called on McCrory to defend the constitution.
McCrorys office did not return a message seeking comment. McCrory had asked Cooper to request a stay of North Carolinas case pending a higher appeal of the Virginia lawsuit, which is now on hold.
But his stance leaves unanswered questions, Equality NC suggests: Does McCrory still personally support the amendment after the Virginia ruling? And will he seek a special outside counsel to uphold the states ban now that Cooper wont defend it?
The questions may hold implications for the 2016 governors race when Cooper is expected to challenge McCrory.
Earlier this year in Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear stepped into defend the states ban after Attorney General Jack Conway said he wouldnt defend it.