JUST IN: Judge in NC gay marriage case denies delay

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a pair of challenges to North Carolina’s gay marriage ban has denied a motion from lawyers for Republican legislative leaders seeking more than a weeklong delay in the case.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen Jr. in Greensboro issued a ruling late Thursday denying a request from House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger that they be given until Oct. 17 to prepare arguments supporting their motion to intervene in the case. Instead, Osteen gave them until noon Friday.

Osteen appears ready to strike down North Carolina’s ban after issuing an order Wednesday lifting his stays and dismissing all prior motions. The GOP leaders are seeking to intervene after state Attorney General Roy Cooper concluded all possible legal defenses had been exhausted.

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