Advocates Target Changing NC Same-Sex Marriage Ban

5:15 PM, Oct 14, 2013   |    comments
Photo: John Fletcher, Asheville Citizen-Times
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The Buncombe County Register of Deeds says he's going to accept marriage license applications from same-sex couples.        

A 2012 amendment to North Carolina's Constitution forbids same-sex couples from marrying. But Drew Reisinger said Tuesday he will issue the licenses and ask state Attorney General Roy Cooper for legal advice.


The Campaign for Southern Equality has been going from county to county, trying to find someone to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples as part of its "We Do" campaign.

Group spokesman Aaron Sarver says same-sex couples will show up Tuesday at the Register of Deeds office in Asheville to apply for licenses.          

Reisinger's announcement came hours after Cooper revealed he supports same-sex marriage. But Cooper also said his personal views won't prevent him from defending North Carolina's ban in court.

WFMY News 2 received a statement Monday from Noelle Talley, Public Information Officer for Attorney General Cooper:

"The State Constitution says that these marriage licenses cannot be issued and this is the law unless the Constitution is changed or the court says otherwise. This very issue is the subject of pending litigation against the State of North Carolina.


Associated Press

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