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ACLU to seek challenge of NC gay marriage ban

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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union says it's looking for ways to challenge North Carolina's constitutional ban against same-sex marriages.

The ACLU said Tuesday its first option is to try amending a 2012 federal lawsuit attacking North Carolina's law that doesn't recognize same-sex couples as equal parents of children they bear or adopt.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is defending the state law in that lawsuit. The ACLU says it's asking the Democrat to agree to allow the civil-rights group tacking on an additional claim challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban.

A Cooper spokeswoman did not respond to a message seeking comment.

The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court last month struck down a federal law blocking same-sex couples from being recognized as married.

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