Six families challenge NC gay marriage ban

Posted July 29, 2013

— North Carolina's constitutional provision banning gay marriage should be struck down, a group of six same-sex families argue in federal court.

The families originally sued over North Carolina law that bans both partners of a same-sex couple from adopting a child. In an amendment to that complaint, the couples say that North Carolina's gay marriage ban not only deprives them of rights as a couple, but hurts their children's well-being.

The ACLU, which is representing the couples, had announced earlier this month it would seek to change the suit. Defendants in the suit were served with the amended complaint Monday.

"The adult plaintiffs seek the same legal recognition of their family relationships afforded heterosexual married spouses and their families for the same reason all families seek such relationships," the amended complaint reads.

It goes on to say that legal recognition would avoid "numerous psychological, social and financial detriments that arise from a lack of a legally recognized marriage or a legally recognized relationship between parent and child."


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  • Liebe ist fur alle Jul 31, 2013

    "You are 500 times more likely to contract AIDS"

    I just LOVE when y'all make stuff up. Especially when, if you are in a monogamous relationship, you are zero times more likely to contract AIDS. It's not like it just spontaneously appears.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Jul 31, 2013

    "The GOP put this issue on the ballot to "the people". The people voted FOR this ban. Reality Check?"

    The reality check is that the Amendment is unconstitutional and will be struck down. It really doesn't matter what you want.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Jul 31, 2013

    "Over 50% of the state voted to enact the marriage amendment."

    What they did or didn't vote for is irrelevant. It's unconstitutional and will be overturned in due time.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Jul 31, 2013

    "The wishes of the people are greater than any court...sit down..."

    Not in the case of constitutionality, and civil rights.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Jul 31, 2013

    "The majority has spoken. Leave this state if you want a gay marriage."

    No thanks, we'd rather fix the state we love.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Jul 31, 2013

    "Well.... considering the Supreme Court never actually ruled against State marriage amendments."

    No, but they telegraph what the eventual answer is going to be though.

  • bubbaredneck Jul 31, 2013

    I think if gays get married their insusrance should cost them 500 times what it does a straight because of the "illicit" behavior clause in the obamacare! You are 500 times more likely to contract AIDS. That makes you a high risk because of the lifestyle you chose! You liberals want your cake? Then eat it!

  • Liebe ist fur alle Jul 31, 2013

    "Let's see the left calls the SCOTUS a bunch of old fools in black robes when they don't like their rulings and holds them up as sages when they do"

    as does the right...Obamacare anyone?

    "Nothing two faced about that"

    Pot, meet kettle.

    "Someone posted that Rome allowed homosexual marriage thousands of years ago. We all know how the Roman Empire turned out"

    Yes, it was the greatest world power for generations. Then they converted to Christianity, began persecuting homosexuals, and eventually fell apart.

    "It rotted from within"

    After becoming Christian. Not because of, mind you, but well after.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Jul 31, 2013

    "Will the censors here post this, probably not because it is a reasonable solution."

    Awwwwwwwww, that's so cute! Hockey wants to play the victim again.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Jul 31, 2013

    "God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman."

    I asked him and he said "No he didn't please stop putting words in his mouth." The goddess agreed.