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Attorney General Talks NC Same-Sex Marriage

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Monday a federal appeals court struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

It was the first decision in a southern state. The same U.S. Circuit Court that has jurisdiction over Virginia, also covers North Carolina.

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Wednesday, Attorney General Roy Cooper was in the Triad. 2 Wants to Know asked him more about his decision to no longer defend North Carolina's gay-marriage ban.

On Monday he said, "Now this ruling today doesn't mean that marriages in North Carolina can start right away, because no judge has ruled on North Carolina's law. However it does predict that our law will be struck down."

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Wednesday he told 2 Want to Know there are no arguments left to be made.

"If the United States Supreme Court does not take the Virginia case, or one of the earlier cases, then this will be the law in North Carolina," Cooper said. "If the supreme court does take the case, then they will do the deciding regarding the final outcome."

He also added it's likely that North Carolina won't see changes until the U.S. Supreme Court does something.

"We don't need to continue to waste tax payer money, to argue a case that you can't win," Cooper said.

Within the next week, the American Civil Liberties Union plans to seek a court order that overrules North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year, gay marriage advocates have won more than 20 legal decisions around the country. Most of the cases are still under appeal. More than 70 cases have been filed in all 31 states that prohibit same-sex marriage. 19-states and the District of Columbia allow such marriages.

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