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NC News
October 16, 2013 01:00AM
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N.C. official accepts same-sex marriage applications despite ban
By Colleen Jenkins
4 hours ago

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - A North Carolina official accepted marriage license applications on Tuesday from 12 same-sex couples - an unprecedented move in the U.S. South that advocates hoped would spur others to challenge state bans on such weddings.

Drew Reisinger, the elected register of deeds for Buncombe County, which includes Asheville, did not immediately issue the licenses as two local officials in New Mexico and Pennsylvania have done.

But he questioned the legality of North Carolina's prohibition against same-sex marriages in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that struck down a key part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act denying benefits to same-sex married couples.

"Why are we denying same-sex couples in North Carolina the dignity and the legal acknowledgement granted to heterosexual couples here or same-sex couples in other states?" Reisinger said in a letter seeking a formal opinion from the state attorney general.

"Marriage rights are civil rights and should not vary based on where you live," he added.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said this week that he personally supports gay marriage but is committed to defending the state ban in a pending lawsuit.


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October 16, 2013 01:05AM
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