Buncombe official plans to accept gay marriage licenses

Buncombe official plans to accept gay marriage licenses

Buncombe official plans to accept gay marriage licenses

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 5:47 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Buncombe County Register of Deeds told NBC Charlotte he plans to accept marriage licenses from half a dozen gay and lesbian couples Tuesday morning.

The move comes less than a week after the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds denied three gay couples the licenses, citing a state ban on gay marriage.

Referencing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, Drew Reisinger says he’ll accept the licenses, and then seek guidance from state Attorney General Roy Cooper about the legality of the licenses.  In an unrelated event, Cooper announced his support for gay marriage over the weekend.

In May 2012, voters across North Carolina approved a ban on gay marriage.

Reisinger plans to accept the documents from the couples 8 a.m.
 

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