NC ban on same-sex marriage struck down

Joe Lowe | News Editor

Gay marriage is now legal in 29 states including North Carolina.

Two years ago, North Carolina approved Amendment One, a constitutional amendment slamming the door shut on same-sex marriage for the state. But just days after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in Wyoming, Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia, a federal court judge in Asheville added North Carolina to that list.  

This ruling comes after Monday’s declaration by the U.S. Supreme Court that it would not hear any appeal of the July ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond striking down Virginia’s ban. That court has jurisdiction over North Carolina. But shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. issued a ruling declaring Amendment One unconstitutional and overturned the North Carolina ban on same-sex marriage, according to the Associated Press.