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McCrory Says He'll Uphold Gay North Carolinians' Right To Marry

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Gov. Pat McCrory says he's glad the court battle over gay marriage is finished.

U.S. District Court Judge Max Cogburn, Jr. from Asheville overturned the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage late Friday.

McCrory was in Chapel Hill yesterday at UNC's University Day Celebration. The Republican told Carolina Connection he'll uphold the right for gay North Carolinians to marry.

“You know, there are some court rulings that I agree with and there are some court rulings I disagree with. But after they make the ruling, it is my duty to enforce the law. And I will do just that. I will execute the law in a professional and respectful way. Whether I disagree with it or not, that's the way democracy works.”

I think it's a time for healing on all sides. Now that the disagreement has been resolved in the courts, it's our job to live together and work together and play together and respect each other together.

McCrory says allowing gay marriage is a significant cultural shift for the state.

“I think it's a time for healing on all sides. Now that the disagreement has been resolved in the courts, it's our job to live together and work together and play together and respect each other together. And I'll, hopefully, be a part of that constructive dialog.”

He says the courts are rushing to get the appropriate forms in place for new marriage licenses.

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