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NC Attorney General will vote against Amendment One

Attorney General Roy Cooper said, if it passes, Amendment One is likely to be challenged in court. Attorney General Roy Cooper said, if it passes, Amendment One is likely to be challenged in court.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT/AP) – Attorney General Roy Cooper said he is voting against Amendment One, calling the measure "unwise and unclear."

Amendment One is a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage by defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Cooper said, if it passes, Amendment One is likely to be challenged in court.

"We are going to see significant litigation for years to come in our courts if this amendment passes and that is why I am voting against it," he said.

North Carolina is currently the only state in the southeast that hasn't passed a ban on same-sex marriage. The constitutional amendment is on the May 8 primary ballot.

Opponents of the amendment say it has far-reaching consequences, claiming it would also ban all civil unions and domestic partnerships and threaten benefits for unmarried couples and their children.

Some medical and social service professionals agree.

The speakers at a news conference Wednesday at the Legislative Building worked to reinforce the view that amendment language limiting the state's only domestic legal union to traditional marriage will pull health insurance from children and weaken domestic violence laws.

Dr. Erica Wise is the president-elect of the North Carolina Psychological Association. She said there's no empirical evidence that having both a male and female parent is necessary for a child's well-being. She said the quality of the parents' relationship with each other and the child is more important.

Amendment supporters say opponents are exaggerating the impact if the measure passes.

Cooper wouldn't discuss the potential ramifications of Amendment One.

"Our office will be involved in the litigation that will occur if this amendment passes, so I'm not going to go into the specifics of it," he said.

Copyright 2012 WECT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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