Americans for Marriage Equality

State ResourcesNorth Carolina

Status: Constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

In Fisher-Borne v. Smith, a group of same-sex couples and their children, represented by the ACLU, are challenging North Carolina’s prohibition of second-parent adoption and marriage ban in federal court. The plaintiffs argue that these discriminatory laws deny them their rights to equal protection and due process under the U.S. Constitution. The state moved to dismiss the plaintiffs’ case in September 2013 and we are awaiting a decision.

Gerber v. Cooper was filed April 9, 2014 on behalf of three legally-married, same-sex couples who are seeking for the state to recognize their out-of-state marriages. One member of each couple is battling a serious medical condition so their attorneys at the ACLU are asking the court to take swift action.