NC Ag Cooper: Keeping Personal and Pr...

NC Ag Cooper: Keeping Personal and Professional Apart in Marriage Fight

There are 5 comments on the EDGE story from Oct 14, 2013, titled NC Ag Cooper: Keeping Personal and Professional Apart in Marriage Fight. In it, EDGE reports that:

Attorney General Roy Cooper says he supports gay marriage but argues his personal views aren't preventing him from vigorously defending North Carolina's constitutional amendment affirming its prohibition from a lawsuit.

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“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#1 Oct 15, 2013
It'll be interesting to see what his "vigorous" defense will be of a law that's based solely on religious bigotry, ignorance, and hate and has been ruled unconstitutional over and over.

And, frankly, how DOES a person argue something that they know full well is wrong and denies law-abiding citizens their equal rights and still look a himself in the mirror?? How does that happen?

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#2 Oct 15, 2013
eJohn wrote:
It'll be interesting to see what his "vigorous" defense will be of a law that's based solely on religious bigotry, ignorance, and hate and has been ruled unconstitutional over and over.
And, frankly, how DOES a person argue something that they know full well is wrong and denies law-abiding citizens their equal rights and still look a himself in the mirror?? How does that happen?
Frankly, eJohn, it happens every day in our courtrooms. Lawyers are hired to fight for their client, whether that client is right or wrong. That is how our system was devised. Now remember, I'm not saying I approve or disapprove of his stance, but under our system it is very much the norm.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#3 Oct 15, 2013
RalphB wrote:
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Frankly, eJohn, it happens every day in our courtrooms. Lawyers are hired to fight for their client, whether that client is right or wrong. That is how our system was devised. Now remember, I'm not saying I approve or disapprove of his stance, but under our system it is very much the norm.
I agree with you, of course, and I can see that being the norm in civil and criminal court--everyone deserves his day, right?

But this is judicial court. Elected officials and political appointees are supposed to be working to uphold the constitution and do what's right and fair for ALL the people. I think that's way different than defending a criminal that you suspect is guilty or pursuing a civil suit that you're not quite sure about be valid.

To actively defend a law with no purpose but to deny certain people equal rights based on bigotry, religious intolerance, and ignorance I would think would make anyone pause and question if what they're doing is right, especially if they already know it isn't.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#4 Oct 15, 2013
eJohn wrote:
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I agree with you, of course, and I can see that being the norm in civil and criminal court--everyone deserves his day, right?
But this is judicial court. Elected officials and political appointees are supposed to be working to uphold the constitution and do what's right and fair for ALL the people. I think that's way different than defending a criminal that you suspect is guilty or pursuing a civil suit that you're not quite sure about be valid.
To actively defend a law with no purpose but to deny certain people equal rights based on bigotry, religious intolerance, and ignorance I would think would make anyone pause and question if what they're doing is right, especially if they already know it isn't.
Of course, there is always the chance that he is doing it hoping that he is going to lose, and going ahead anyway. Hell, if I was a lawyer I wouldn't mind defending the state, and "inadvertently" throwing it.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#5 Oct 15, 2013
RalphB wrote:
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Of course, there is always the chance that he is doing it hoping that he is going to lose, and going ahead anyway. Hell, if I was a lawyer I wouldn't mind defending the state, and "inadvertently" throwing it.
Actually, we can hope that's true! Certainly refusing to defend a law would probably just end up with the bigots hiring some private law firm full of bigots to charge the state $1,000 an hour to defend the law. It would be way better to have someone that things it's unconstitutional be in that position and just throw the case.

It'll be interesting to watch, that's for sure.

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