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Buncombe Co. Register of Deeds Willing to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses; Requests AG Review

Drew Reisinger, Buncombe County Register of Deeds

Drew Reisinger, Buncombe County Register of Deeds

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.

10 Comments

  1. CarolinaSistah

    October 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    The SCOTUS did not strike down states rights to determine their own marriage law. It is time for Americans to stand firm again and stop this atrocity from occurring in N.C.!

  2. Let Live

    October 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    You mean the atrocity of ongoing bigotry? I agree Sistah – let the marriages begin!

  3. Alan

    October 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Sistah, you’re out of touch with the majority of people on this topic. You lost the ‘culture wars’ you started.

  4. RJ

    October 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I am not sure from the context whether Sistah’s comment is for or against anti-gay bigotry, but I am sure that we’re stuck with that Amendment 1 we passed last May, enshrining said anti-gay bigotry in NC’s constitution.

  5. Alan

    October 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    PS. The only ‘atrocity’ is Sistahs’ bigotry.

  6. Jay

    October 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    DOMA has nothing to do with STATE law that was voted on by THE PEOPLE in a majority fashion 61% to 38% (how is that out of touch?) that states marriage is between a man and a woman. This is baiting the federal government to get involved in state business, and grandstanding by the registrar of deeds. I am a resident of Buncombe county, and I bet next election cycle he doesn’t have a job.

  7. Frances Jenkins

    October 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I wish PP had to pay $1.00 for everytime they presented misinformation. Taxpayers would be rich.

  8. Alan

    October 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Jay,

    By out of touch I mean out of touch with the polulation at large. Buncombe County I’m sure is against marriage equality, but that doesn’t particularly surprise me.

    Frances, I see you are now up to two sentences, keep up the good work!

  9. Frances Jenkins

    October 15, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Thank you Jay for your words of wisdom. All liberals are smarter than God. This is Drew’s coming out to either run against Meadows or McHenry.

  10. Alan

    October 15, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Frances,

    I think your God would be ashamed of your bigotry.