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Gay Marriage On The Books

A gay couple's marriage is on the books in Haywood County. Amy Leonhard and Louise Jones tried to record their marriage license from New York in the Register of Deeds office.

When that was refused under the law, they drew up a document indicating they're married and had it notarized.

The Register of Deeds office was able to place that document on the more general real estate books.

"I did not see any legal reason why I could not record that document," said Registrar Sherri Rogers.

Leonhard says it's a little step forward to challenging North Carolinas ban against gay marriage.

"Amendment One is an unjust law in my opinion and this is sort of us standing up to that," said Leonhard.

Leonhard says this as a victory for gay rights as more states like New Jersey accept gay marriage.

"The South is going to be the last area of the country I think and every little bit helps. And the people we work with at the Campaign for Southern Equality, that's their focus. But we are who we are and we deserve the same rights as anybody else," said Leonhard .

Leonhard says she and her partner have lived in Haywood County for more than a decade and have been treated normally with no negativity.

By Rex Hodge

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