Once the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, other states that fall under the jurisdiction of the conservative circuit began to react. Perhaps the most hopeful response though, is coming from North Carolina.
The Tar Heel State’s Attorney General, Roy Cooper, formally announced that his office will no longer be defending the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Although this doesn’t seem surprising from a Democrat expected to run for governor in 2016, let’s not forget this is still a bold move for a politician in the south.
Cooper seems to see the writing on the wall with 4th Circuit Court’s decision. He stated at a news conference:
Simply put, it is time to stop making arguments we will lose and instead move forward, knowing that the ultimate resolution will likely come from the U.S. Supreme Court.
It isn’t the most resounding endorsement of protecting basic human liberties, but the guy does still need votes. He’s also right about the Supreme Court—the SCOTUS could have more than five appellate decisions to make when their term begins in October. However, the course of history is beginning to feel inevitable, as Attorney General Cooper has pointed out.