North Carolina Register Accepts Marriage Licenses From Gay Couples
Lots of marriage equality activity this week across the U.S., but the most surprising twist of October might have come from Buncombe County, North Carolina where Register of Wills Drew Reisinger accepted marriage licenses from 10 same-sex couples Tuesday morning.
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.