RALEIGH, N.C. — Two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law on same-sex marriage, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday that it plans to launch a challenge to North Carolina’s ban on gay marriage.
The ACLU says it will amend a federal lawsuit filed last year on behalf of six same-sex couples where one partner wanted to adopt the other’s child. The organization asked Attorney General Roy Cooper to permit the change, but it said it would petition the court to allow the change if the state doesn’t agree to it.
Last year, North Carolina voters backed an amendment to the state constitution stating that marriages between one man and one woman are the only legally recognized unions in North Carolina.
“The past year has witnessed a sea change in the quest to secure the freedom to marry for all committed couples across the nation and in North Carolina,” Chris Brook, legal director of the state ACLU, said in a statement. “Conversations are happening at dinner tables throughout our state with more and more North Carolinians agreeing that the rights and responsibilities that come with marriage should not be denied to loving and committed couples simply because they are gay or lesbian. Our announcement today is the next step in that conversation.”