Six families challenge NC gay marriage ban
A federal lawsuit over adoption laws has been amended to challenge North Carolina's constitutional provision banning gay marriage.Posted — Updated
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 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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