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10:43 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Buncome County Register of Deeds Taking Same-Sex Marriage Applications

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 Same-sex couples have been invited to apply for marriage licenses in Western North Carolina, despite a 2012 state ban.

Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger says he wants the North Carolina Attorney General to address the conflict between the state’s 2012 constitutional amendment illegalizing same-sex marriage, and the US Supreme Court’s declaration that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional

“I took an oath to uphold the constitution of the state of North Carolina, not inconsistent with the United States Constitution. And in my opinion I want to make sure we’re not on the wrong side of the law,” Reisinger said. Julia Burr and her partner Jessica Klarp were the eleventh same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license Tuesday.

“We’re ecstatic,' Burr said.

"We’ve been together for 28 years, and so this is an awesome thing to see happening in the South.”

Attorney General Roy Cooper has declared his personal support for gay marriage, but says he would uphold the state’s current laws.