Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Values Coalition has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to defend North Carolina's definition of marriage as the high court takes up two cases related to same-sex marriage.
California's marriage amendment and the federal Defense of Marriage Act will go before the Supreme Court this spring, and experts speculate these cases could be the deciding opinion on marriage and the ability of government to define it.
North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment last May stating that a marriage between a man and a woman was the only legally recognized union in the state.
“The court should not dismantle liberties of conscience and religious freedom by redefining marriage to include same-sex marriage," Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the Values Coalition, said in a statement. “This would have a catastrophic impact on those who cannot conscientiously embrace it.
"Since Attorney General Roy Cooper has not filed a brief in defense of our marriage amendment, we have filed this amicus brief to ensure the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court hear the voice of the 61 percent of North Carolina voters who supported marriage as the union of one man and one woman," Fitzgerald said.
The Liberty, Life, and Law Foundation joined the Values Coalition in filing the brief.