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August 11, 2014

Gay-rights group defends Cooper

The organization that unsuccessfully opposed North Carolina’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage responded Monday to a state senator’s comment that Attorney General Roy Cooper probably should be impeached for refusing to continue to defend the law in court.

The organization that unsuccessfully opposed North Carolina’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage responded Monday to a state senator’s comment that Attorney General Roy Cooper probably should be impeached for refusing to continue to defend the law in court.

Sen. Norm Sanderson, a Pamlico County Republican, speaking at a Tea Party event, said legislative leaders were working to remove Cooper from office, although Senate Leader Phil Berger’s office later denied that. Cooper said it was futile to defend the ban in light of a recent federal appeals court ruling.

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality N.C., said his group hopes to present a petition to state leaders demanding they stop defending the amendment.

“We believe our state’s leaders should join their fellow North Carolinians in seeing Mr. Sanderson’s efforts for what they are – political posturing from an extreme fringe attempting to once again pit one North Carolinian against another during a contentious election year,” Sgro said.

In 2012, 60 percent of those who voted supported enshrining the marriage ban in the state constitution. Last month, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a similar ban in Virginia. North Carolina is a part of the fourth circuit.

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