PHOTOS: 11,000 North Carolinians urge NC Governor to respect all families

Today, on August 27, Freedom to Marry teamed up with Equality NC to deliver more than 11,000 petitions signed by North Carolina residents urging Governor Pat McCrory to respect all families and stop defending NC's ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

The 11,000+ letters, delivered today in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Asheville, are a strong demonstration from people from across the Tarheel State that McCrory and other state officials in NC are on the wrong side of history by defending the ban. 

It's been a big summer for marriage in North Carolina: In July, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit affirmed that Virginia's marriage ban is unconstitutional, a ruling that also sets a binding precedent about marriage bans in North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Almost immediately, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said he would stop defending NC's marriage ban, explaining that the 4th Circuit's ruling has made it clear that there is no viable defense for the law.  

Attorney General Cooper joined AGs from all across the country - including Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Oregon, Virginia, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Illinois - in recognizing that there is no good defense of marriage discrimination.

The petition from today's action reads: "Gov. Pat McCrory – The 4th Circuit has spoken, challenging North Carolina’s law banning same-sex couples from the freedom to marry. Now, it’s up to our state leaders to help us stand on the right side of history—and with the people of North Carolina—by no longer defending this discriminatory marriage ban. That's why I'm calling on you and other state leaders to stop any costly defense of our state’s marriage ban. Stand with us and help North Carolina to stand on the right side of history!"

Families on hand for the delivery included Mike Amburn, Graham Dixon and their daughter Jamie; Doris & Lisabeth; and Marcie and Chantelle Fisher-Borne and their children Eli and Miley. Marcie and Chantelle are lead plaintiffs in the American Civil Liberties Union's federal lawsuit Fisher-Borne v. Smith.

Freedom to Marry was proud to support this action with Equality NC through Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, the campaign we launched this year in partnership with 16 state and regional organizations dedicated to winning equality for same-sex couples and their families in the South. 

Learn more about Equality NC - and Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, and check out photos from the action: