NC Gay Couples Who Got Marriage License and Sued Anyway Lose in Federal Court

A federal judge upheld a law which allows North Carolina magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if it conflicts with their religious beliefs, noting that the couples who sued got what they wanted, a marriage license.Last year, the North Carolina legislature passed Senate Bill 2, which allowed for magistrates to refuse on conscience grounds to recuse themselves from performing gay marriages.In a decision issued Tuesday in Ansley et al. v. Warren, U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. dismissed the lawsuit under the grounds that the plaintiffs lacked standing, since none of them had been denied a marriage license.”As Plaintiffs have made no allegations of an ‘injury in fact’ that might otherwise allow them to assert standing in this case, Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden of showing they have standing to bring Due Process and Equal Protection claims,” wrote Cogburn.

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