The state's Governor and Attorney General had acknowledged that a recent ruling in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U. Supreme Court's decision not to hear an appeal in that case established the unconstitutionality of North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage.State legislators sought without success to intervene in lawsuits to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage.Simply put, it's time to stop making arguments we will lose and instead move forward knowing the ultimate resolution will likely come from the United States Supreme Court." When the decision in General Synod took effect, state officials announced that judges were required to preside at marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples just as they would at those for different-sex couples and that a judge could not claim an exemption on religious grounds.By early November, six judges had resigned citing religious objections.Schaefer held that Virginia's denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced he would no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage.He said that because all judges in North Carolina were bound by the Fourth Circuit's precedent, "today we know our law will almost surely be overturned as well.On June 13, 2012, six same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit, Fisher-Borne v. They were represented by the ACLU and private attorneys. Proceedings in both cases were stayed pending the outcome of a Virginia case, Bostic v. arguing that North Carolina's statute that makes it a crime to preside at the solemnization of the marriage of a couple that lacks a valid state marriage license unconstitutionally restricts religious freedom. denied a request by leaders of the state Legislature to be allowed to intervene to defend the state's ban and ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
On April 11, 2017, three Republicans legislators introduced the Uphold Historical Marriage Act to the General Assembly. Supreme Court ruling which held that same-sex couples have a nationwide fundamental right to marry.Governor Roy Cooper subsequently announced his opposition to the bill, tweeting "We need more LGBT protections, not fewer." The following day, Speaker of the House Tim Moore denied the bill a hearing, effectively killing it.Moore said that "there are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue." Some cities and counties in North Carolina recognize domestic partnerships.Some cities in the state recognize both same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partnerships.According to 2010 census data, there were 228,000 North Carolina couples in domestic partnerships and 12 percent of those were same-sex couples.