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04/19/2007


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.


NC Attorney General Roy Cooper Says He Supports Marriage Equality But Will Defend the State's Ban

The North Carolina Family Policy Council expressed concern after North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper came out for marriage equality over the weekend, the AP reports:

CooperAttorney General Roy Cooper says he supports gay marriage but argues his personal views aren't preventing him from vigorously defending North Carolina's constitutional amendment affirming its prohibition from a lawsuit.

Cooper opposed passage of the amendment in 2012 but hadn't addressed his views on sanctioning gay marriage publicly until now. He said over the weekend "I support marriage equality" when asked by The Associated Press about the topic.

The NCFPC sent out a freaked-out press release on Friday:

Attorney General Cooper is actually the lead defendant in the ACLU lawsuit that is attempting to overturn North Carolina’s marriage statutes and Marriage Protection Amendment and redefine marriage in our state. Yes, you read that right, the lead defendant, not the lead plaintiff.

So why is our Attorney General, who is charged with defending the laws of our state, and who is the lead defendant in a lawsuit that is seeking to overturn the definition of marriage in North Carolina – both in state statute and in the N.C. Constitution – participating as the keynote speaker for a group that has such an explicitly expressed and vested interest in redefining marriage in North Carolina?

At the very least, the Attorney General’s participation in this event is highly inappropriate!


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