Buncombe County’s Register of Deeds will be the first government official in the South to seek approval to grant same-sex marriage licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Drew Reisinger issued a press release Monday afternoon announcing his decision to accept and hold same-sex marriage applications, pushing the question of equal marriage rights to Attorney General Roy Cooper.
Here’s more from the release:
“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. “I have concerns about whether we are violating people’s civil rights based on this summer’s Supreme Court decision.”
The Campaign for Southern Equality notified Reisinger that at least six same-sex couples would request marriage licenses Tuesday. Reisinger will allow the couples to complete and sign their applications. He will accept the applications but withhold his own signature.
“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,” Reisinger said.
Tuesday will be the first time same-sex couples have requested marriage licenses from Reisinger since the June 26 Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Earlier today, Cooper announced his support for marriage equality, but added that he would vigorously defend North Carolina’s constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage. Cooper is also slated to be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Equality Gala in Greensboro November 9th.
Tuesday morning, same-sex couples will seek marriage licenses at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office as part of the WE DO Campaign.