Today, couples across North Carolina (from Onslow County in the east to Haywood County in the west) are putting their love on the record as we keep growing the WE DO Campaign. Through our new statewide effort, legally-married LGBT couples are recording their marriage license as public documents in their home counties across NC as an act of protest against Amendment One.
Couples like Hilary and Emma are married in their hearts and in the eyes of the federal government. That’s a human reality that no one can deny, regardless of a discriminatory law like Amendment One. By going to the Buncombe County Register of Deeds and paying $26 to record their marriage license as a public document, Hilary and Emma created a record of their love and commitment. Their action also highlights how illogical and unjust Amendment One is.
If you are legally married same-sex couple and would like to register your marriage license to take a stand against Amendment One, click here. You can also support our work for equality by making a gift of $26 - the amount it cost Hilary and Emma to record their marriage license.
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October 14, 2013
Buncombe County, NC Register of Deeds Seeks to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
Asheville, N.C. — A statement released Monday night from Drew Reisinger, the Buncombe County Register of Deeds, indicates that he is willing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and will seek an opinion from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper regarding whether he can do so. Separately on Monday, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced his support for marriage equality for the first time.
Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., same-sex couples will seek marriage licenses at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office as part of the WE DO Campaign, an initiative of the Campaign for Southern Equality. Through the WE DO Campaign, same-sex couples have requested marriage licenses at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office multiple times since 2011; to date, all couples have been denied licenses. In preparation for tomorrow’s event, Campaign for Southern Equality staff reached out to Mr. Reisinger to let him know local couples would again be applying; couples also sent him personal messages about why they are seeking legal recognition of their relationships.
“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 in his statement. “I have concerns about whether we are violating people’s civil rights based on this summer’s Supreme Court decision.”
“There are neither moral nor legal grounds to justify Amendment One and it’s time for citizens and elected officials to act with conviction and urgency to change it. Mr. Reisinger’s actions are another step forward in the path to full equality for LGBT people,” says Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality. “Attorney General Cooper, . . . → Read More: MEDIA RELEASE: Buncombe County, NC Register of Deeds Seeks to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
Brenda and Carol have spent 25 years together in a committed relationship and raised 2 kids. They seek the right to marry in their home state of North Carolina. On October 15 they will apply for a marriage license for the 4th time in Buncombe County as part of the WE DO Campaign.
Brenda and Carol remain hopeful about being granted a marriage license, saying “We are simply asking for the same rights that other straight couples in North Carolina enjoy. We are hopeful that Drew Reisinger, as the Buncombe County Register of Deeds, will consider approving our marriage license application in light of what has occurred in other states in regard to marriage equality.”
Please send Brenda and Carol a message of support here.
Two years ago this week, LGBT couples first applied for marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign. You can watch couples call for rights in this video, including Brenda and Carol.
On October 9, 2013, Scott and Ron, residents of Charlotte, North Carolina, will request a marriage license at the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds’ office as the WE DO Campaign continues to grow across North Carolina.
You can send Scott and Ron a message of support here and read their letter to the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds below.
Scott and Ron
Dear Honorable David Granberry,
My partner Ron and I have been residents of Mecklenburg County for over 18 years and we consider Charlotte our home. We met here not long after we both moved here independently and have been in a committed relationship for over 16 of those 18 years. I am writing to you today to request that you grant us a marriage license to have our relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. We plan to come to your office to make this request in person onWednesday, October 9th at 11:00 AM.
I am from Boston and Ron is from Quincy, Illinois. We both love living in Charlotte and we plan to spend the rest of our lives here. We could be legally married in Massachusetts, or have a civil union in Illinois, but our goal has always been to get married in North Carolina where we would be surrounded by our friends and family who know us and treat us as any other legally married couple they know. By all reasonable measures, this is how we should be treated.
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On October 2, 2013, Mary and Carol, residents of Henderson County, North Carolina, will request a marriage license at the Henderson County Register of Deeds’ office as the WE DO Campaign continues to grow across North Carolina. You can read about their life together below as told by Mary:
In 1974, Mary and Carole made a life-long commitment to be there for each other. We each had four children from our previous marriages. In 1974 their ages were 18 to 9. The 1970’s were difficult. We sent more than one psychologist around the world as we went through the process of learning how to cope with angry and confused children and our own homophobia.
As the years passed, our children grew up, got married and gave us 13 grandchildren. Through those years, love won out and today our relationship is celebrated by all. In 2014, we will celebrate our 40th anniversary and our 80th birthdays.
We are excited about having a small part in the “WE DO” campaign in Hendersonville, NC. Never did we dream that in our lifetime marriage of gay people would be discussed or a possibility. After hiding out for many years, we are proud to now stand up for what is fundamentally just and constitutionally right. We believe strongly that all peoples, regardless of sexual orientation, should be able to stand before a judge and say “I do” and in so doing receive the same rights and privileges that married people have both federally and in their states.
Our children and grandchildren, as well as our friends, are thrilled that we are taking this step to speak out for justice. Unfortunately, our children all live a distance. However, one of them is driving to be with us and walk by our side when we apply for a . . . → Read More: Mary and Carol