ACLU to Announce Major Developments in Efforts to Win the Freedom to Marry in N.C. on Wednesday

Press Conference to Be Held Wed., April 9, at 2 p.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation will make a major announcement to the media tomorrow at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro concerning legal efforts to overturn North Carolina’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

In 2012, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in Greensboro on behalf of six families headed by same-sex couples that challenged the state’s ban on second parent adoption, where one partner in an unmarried gay or straight couple adopts the other partner’s adoptive or biological child. In 2013, the ACLU added an additional claim to that lawsuit that directly challenges North Carolina’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The case is Fisher-Borne et al. v. Smith.

In attendance will be Elizabeth Gill, staff attorney for the ACLU’s LGBT Project; Chris Brook, legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina, and plaintiffs to be introduced at the press conference.

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