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Activists urge AG Cooper not to defend Amendment One

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Activists fighting for marriage equality brought a petition to Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Office Monday, urging him not to defend Amendment One.

The amendment bans same-sex marriage in North Carolina and makes in unconstitutional for the state to recognize or perform gay marriages.

Members of the group Faithful America and the United Church of Christ from North Carolina are asking Cooper not to defend the Amendment One law that the General Assembly passed two years ago. The petition has around 30,000 signatures.

Coopers has said he supports gay marriage but has promised he will defend the law.

“North Carolina should change its laws to allow marriage equality and I believe basic fairness eventually will prevail. However, when legal arguments exist to defend a law, it is the duty of the Office of the Attorney General under North Carolina law to make those arguments in court,” said Cooper in a statement.

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