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NC couples stand up to Amendment One on Valentine's Day

Two married same-sex couples from Buncombe County, North Carolina braved the snow today to record their legal marriage licenses at the Register of Deeds office as part of the WE DO Campaign.

Matt and Shannon have been together for 9 years and were married last fall in Matt’s home state of Minnesota.

Al and Rebecca were married in Connecticut on June 4, 2012. They celebrated with a sweet treat, because it’s Valentine’s Day.

By creating a public record of their love and commitment, these couples are highlighting the reality that the federal government recognizes their marriage while NC refuses to.

The WE DO Campaign will hit the road to Jackson, Mississippi on March 25th.

Definitive 2013 CSE Round Up

CSE’s year in video and images! Thank you for being with us every step of the way in 2013. None of this would be possible without your belief that LGBT people and allies in the South can help our country realize the promises of equality.

1) On January 2nd, five LGBT couples applied for marriage licenses in Hattiesburg, Mississippi as part of the WE DO Campaign. These brave couples took this act, knowing they would be denied licenses, as a show of love in the face of discriminatory laws that relegate LGBT to second-class citizen status in Mississippi. Below, Rolanda and Dawn at the counter applying for a license.

2) From January 2-17, CSE traveled across seven Southern states (Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia) to stand with 37 LGBT couples as they applied for marriage licenses in their hometowns. Matt and Raymie on their farm in White Pine, Tennessee applied for a license in Hamlin County.

3) Tim and Mark were married on January 17th in Washington, D.C. after being together for 20 years. Just three days before, Tim and Mark were denied a marriage license in their hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C. as part of the WE DO Campaign.

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Put your love on record

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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MEDIA RELEASE: Buncombe County, NC Register of Deeds Seeks to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

PRESS RELEASE

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

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.

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