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Lawyers in NC gay marriage case watching OK, Utah

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Lawyers on both sides of a federal lawsuit over North Carolina's 2012 prohibition of same-sex marriages say they are closely studying recent court rulings overturning similar bans in other states.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday his office is reviewing Tuesday's ruling that Oklahoma's ban is unconstitutional. A judge in Utah struck down that state's ban last month. Both rulings are on appeal.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued on behalf of six North Carolina couples challenging a state rule forbidding a same sex partner from adopting his or her partner's biological child. That case also includes the state's 2012 ban on same-sex marriages.

ACLU lawyer Rose Saxe says she is heartened by the recent rulings, which raised legal issues similar to the North Carolina case.

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