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04/19/2007


Amazing Video from North Carolina as Gay Couple of 25 Years Apply for Marriage License: WATCH

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As a follow-up to my earlier post, here's an amazing clip from the Citizen-Times as Carol McCrory and Brenda Clark, a couple of 25 years, had their marriage application accepted for the first time by Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger.

"Thank y'all for being brave."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NC County Official Accepts Marriage License Applications from 10 Gay Couples: VIDEO

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As we reported last night, Buncombe County Register of Wills Drew Reisinger accepted gay marriage applications from gay couples in North Carolina this morning.

The AP reports:

An official in western North Carolina has accepted marriage license requests from 10 same-sex couples, despite a 2012 amendment to the state constitution forbidding such marriages.

Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger said he will hold the licenses and ask state Attorney General Roy Cooper for legal advice. Reisinger said he thinks the state's ban is unconstitutional.

Cooper said Monday that he supports gay marriage. But he has said he'll defend the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. A spokeswoman for Cooper's office said the marriage licenses cannot be issued.

In a video shot last night and posted to YouTube by user Travis Bickle, Reisinger explained what would happen today, telling a group of assembled couples what they should expect.

Lesbian couple Brenda Clark and Carol McCrory, who have been together 25 years, also spoke about the many times they've been denied a license at the same office.

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This morning they came (images via the Campaign for Southern Equality).

See more images and watch the video from last night, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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.


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