The state of North Carolina can no longer prohibit two consenting adults from getting married. Not because they are of different race or ethnicity, nor because they are the same sex. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn ruled today that the state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.
“The issue before this court is neither a political issue nor a moral issue,” Cogburn stated in his ruling. “It is a legal issue and it is clear as a matter of what is now settled law in the Fourth Circuit that North Carolina laws prohibiting same sex marriage, refusing to recognize same sex marriages originating elsewhere, and/or threatening to penalize those who would solemnize such marriages, are unconstitutional.”