Six same-sex couples are suing the state of North Carolina and Durham and Guilford county court officials as they seek to overturn the state Supreme Court's 2010 ban on second-parent adoptions and the state's prohibition on gay marriage.
They are being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation.
The second-parent adoption case, Fisher-Borne v. Smith, was filed in Greensboro last year and amended this summer to include a challenge to the gay marriage ban.
Here, the families speak about their lives and the lawsuit.
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