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Same-sex couple denied marriage license in Tennessee

On Thursday morning, October 16, Raymie and his partner Matt walked into the Hamblen County County Courthouse and did what many Tennessee couples do when they’re in love: They asked for a marriage license.

“The only thing separating our family and having equality is a 45-minute drive across state lines,” Raymie explained to the Hamblen County Clerk. He was referring to North Carolina, which gained marriage equality last Friday.

But because they’re a gay couple, they were denied. Their state doesn’t recognize recognize their relationship – even though they’ve been together for nine years.

Matt and Raymie, who’ve been together for 9 years, applied for a marriage license for the second time in their hometown of Morristown, Tennessee.

Less than a week ago, Matt and Raymie drove over to Asheville, North Carolina and celebrated with their friends after a federal judge struck down Amendment One and same-sex marriages began. They watched as clergy performed weddings on the steps of the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office, legally uniting dozens of couples.

Thursday was the second time they’ve asked their local clerk for a license, and they plan to keep going back until marriage equality comes to Tennessee. A ruling on the issue of marriage could be handed down from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals any day now, impacting Tennessee and neighboring states.

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PHOTOS: North Carolina families are ready for equality

A ruling in favor of marriage equality in North Carolina is expected any moment. When it happens, it will impact the lives of thousands of LGBT families in the Tarheel State.

Check out who’s ready:

Mark and Tim are waiting in Winston-Salem

Watch what happened when they were denied a marriage license the first time and had to go all the way to D.C. to get legally married.

 

Amy and Lauren are waiting in Asheville

Kay and Ryn are ready in Waynesville

Scott and Joey are ready in Charlotte

In fact, Joey and Scott are so ready that they’ve been camping out at their local Register of Deeds office, waiting for a marriage equality ruling to drop any minute.

Trudy and Justine, plaintiff couples in a federal marriage equality case in NC, are ready in Raleigh.

Amy and Diane are ready in Candler.

Tyler and Nils are ready in Asheville

Jerry and Brent are ready in Winston-Salem.

Jan and Beth are ready in Hendersonville.

Keisha and Dare are ready in Marion.

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PHOTOS: North Carolina couples wait for marriage ruling

Since the Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a 4th Circuit ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia have all been preparing for the reality of marriage equality.

As of now, no one knows when Day One for marriage will be in North Carolina, but lots of cool things are happening in the meantime as couples, allies and officials get ready.

Couples have been camping out in counties across the state in hopes that a ruling will be issued any minute. Many couples have waited all day.

Tracey has been hanging out at the Guilford County Register of Deeds with her wife Cheryl.

Scott from Charlotte is filling out a marriage license application at the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds for himself and his partner Joey.

Cathy and Diane have been hanging out at the First Congregational UCC in Asheville all day long.

 

Some counties have been proactive in preparing for LGBT marriage applications.

Wake County, North Carolina has updated their online marriage application to be gender neutral.

 

And some parts of the state are having a hard time hiding their pride.

 

City Hall in Asheville got a makeover when someone draped it in a huge Pride flag.

Keep checking in with us on our Facebook page and Twitter as we keep you updated on marriage equality in North Carolina and throughout the South.

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LGBT couples across Mississippi record marriage licenses

Eddie and Justin submitted their California marriage license for recording at the Hinds County Chancery Clerk’s Office. Read WAPT’s report on the Hinds County couples: http://bit.ly/1rOTNTA

On Wednesday, August 13, 17 same-sex couples in nine Mississippi counties submitted their marriage licenses for the public record at their local Chancery Clerk’s offices. The action, which is part of CSE’s WE DO Campaign, was an effort to expose the harm caused to LGBT families by the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Since a voter-approved ban passed in 2004, state and county officials in Mississippi are not allowed to perform same-sex marriages or recognize marriages from other states. Recording their marriage licenses as vital records with the Chancery Clerk is the only avenue LGBT couples have to publicly document their marriages.

Same-sex couples were able to record their licenses in Amite, Desoto, Hancock, Hinds, Lafayette, Lamar, Oktibbeha and Pearl River Counties, while four couples in Harrison County were denied. CSE’s legal team, as well as other chancery clerks in Mississippi have concluded that counties are legally required to register any legal document, including marriage licenses, for the public record. But Harrison County Chancery Clerk John McAdams said that his office had never filed marriage licenses. CSE is standing with the Harrison County couples as they continue trying to document their licenses.

Jena and Jennifer were among the couples who submitted their license for the public record in Harrison County and were denied.

In Mississippi, which leads the nation in poverty, many same-sex couples don’t have the means to have a destination wedding to another state. Research has shown that LGBT people, especially lesbians, are more . . . → Read More: LGBT couples across Mississippi record marriage licenses

Day of statewide action for marriage equality in Mississippi

On August 13, same-sex couples in nine counties across Mississippi will record their out-of-state marriage licenses at their local Chancery Court offices. Organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality, this statewide day of action for marriage equality will involve local couples recording their licenses in Amite, Desoto, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Lafayette, Lamar, Oktibbeha and Pearl River counties.

Meet the couples that will call for rights on Wednesday:

(Jena and Jennifer with their daughter)

(Pamela and Mary)

(Nathan and Paul)

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