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by on August 18, 2009  •  In Family law, Marriage

Two pieces of good news for lgbt advocates in ye olde home state:

  • The North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld a second-parent adoption in Boseman v. Jarrell. See Nancy Polikoff's blog for analysis of the decision. The extra bonus is that the plaintiff who won the case – Julia Boseman – is the first and only openly gay member of the state legislature.  She is the state senator who represents Wilmington (ye olde home town).
  • The Durham City Council voted unanimously to endorse marriage equality for same-sex couples.  According to the News & Observer:
The [Durham] City Council got a standing ovation Monday night when it unanimously passed, without discussion, a resolution supporting civil marriage for same-sex couples.

"It is simply a statement" and has no effect on the law, City Attorney Patrick Baker said before the vote. Nevertheless, when the outcome was announced much of the full-house audience in the council chamber broke into applause and then stood.

The resolution states:

"The City Council of the City of Durham endorses and supports the rights of same sex couples to share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitments of civil marriage."


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