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Marriage Equality Fight
UPDATE (5 P.M.)
The Buncombe County Register of Deeds allows same-sex couples to make applications for marriage licenses.
Drew Reisinger told gay couples today hes only allowing gay couples to apply for marriage licenses. No one in that group was issued one today. Reisinger has not received permission from the state Attorney Generals office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
North Carolina voters approved the Defense of Marriage Act. It restricts marriage to a union of one man and one woman. But the U.S. Supreme Court struck that law down.
Same-sex couples told us allowing them to at least make the application, is a step forward. Reisinger says he will hold the applications until the Attorney General permits the licenses. The Attorney Generals office tells us the state constitution does not allow these marriages, and that is the law unless the constitution is changed or the courts say otherwise.
By: Sherrill Barber
Same sex couples showed up first thing this morning in Buncombe County to apply for marriage licenses.
At least eleven couples showed up this morning after the Register of Deeds decided to accept their applications.
Drew Reisinger says he is not breaking any state laws because he's only allowing gay couples to apply for marriage licenses. He will now hold the applications until the attorney general decides whether they can be issued.
Couples who showed up this morning say that is a move they appreciate.
Brenda Clark, marriage license applicant, "there's sort of an underlying calmness, because this is our fifth time applying, and so the excitement is over not being rejected, the other four times we've been rejected, and this time there's a little bit of hope."
Drew Reisinger, Register of Deeds, "we're consistently in a place where we need to ask questions about what the law is, and what is the constitutionality of the law, and that's what we're doing today, we're simply holding these applications and asking from the attorney general to review them."
The state is facing a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act.