North Carolina County Official Accepting Gay Marriage License Applications Tomorrow

In response to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's announcement over the weekend that he personally supports marriage equality, the  Buncombe County Register of Deeds (Asheville) Drew Reisinger (pictured), says he will accept marriage license applications from same-sex couples tomorrow and seek Cooper's official opinion.

ReisingerCooper has said that he will continue to fight challenges to the state's ban on same-sex marriage despite his personal views.

Q Notes reports:

“I will let each couple know that it is my hope to grant them a license, but I need to seek the North Carolina Attorney General’s approval,” Reisinger said in a release. “I have concerns about whether we are violating people’s civil rights based on this summer’s Supreme Court decision.”

Reisinger will accept the license applications but withhold his own signature pending an opinion from state Attorney General Roy Cooper.

Reisinger added, “I will then let the Attorney General know that I would like to issue these couples licenses, but that I need his clarification on the laws of the state that seem to contradict the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.”

The Citizen-Times adds:

Cooper’s office issued a brief statement Monday night in response to Reisinger’s announcement, pointing out that the state constitution prohibits anyone from issuing licenses to same sex couples.

“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,” said Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for Cooper’s office. “This very issue is the subject of pending litigation against the State of North Carolina.”

At least six gay couples will apply for licenses tomorrow at Reisinger's office, according to the Campaign for Southern Equality.

Two years ago this week, 18 gay couples pursued marriage licenses at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Offices and were denied. Check out those efforts HERE.


  1. UrbanMike says

    Andy. Can we please stop the beyond annoying AT&T ads on the touch version. Makes one want to visit much less frequently. Oh. And to not purchase AT&T products or services.

  2. Patrick says

    I hope the North Carolina haters on this site notice that elected officials all around this state are pressing the cause for equality, despite our state government having been handed over to republicans by the president and congress mishandling the politics of the health care law.

  3. Troll Hunter says

    @Patrick You may already know but there’s at least a troll or two on Towleroad who wants to spread discord among visitors (you can really tell when they take a week off).

    It’s nice to see progress in North Carolina. Keep fighting for your rights.

  4. mdnc says

    FINALLY some good news from my State! I love it that the haters in NC are all upset that future Gov. Roy Cooper is speaking at a Equality NC event on Marriage Equality. Come on NC, we can turn this thing around.

  5. Sam says

    Thanks, Troll watchers. We need to be vigilant in keeping this site respected and worthy for intelligent readers. Also, let this be the first southern state of many to wake up from their deep sleep.

  6. Charlee says

    Why all the comments about “trolls” Don’t you mean all the North Carolina residents who may choose to disagree with those holding opposite opinions? We don’t all think alike in our beautiful nation. That’s part of what makes America so unique. And maybe not all that we each might like it to be, but as they say, there you are. Much love to all.

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