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.
Asheville, N.C. (February 14, 2014) – Last night, Judge Arenda Wright Allen of U.S. District Court in Virginia struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage stating that it is in violation of the U.S. Constitution. In striking down the law, Judge Wright wrote, “Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal.” In her 41-page opinion, she also struck at the heart of the law, “Gay and lesbian individuals share the same capacity as heterosexual individuals to form, preserve and celebrate loving, intimate and lasting relationships.”
This move, along with recent court rulings in Kentucky, Oklahoma and Utah striking down state bans on same-sex marriage, highlights that North Carolina’s Amendment One is also unconstitutional.
Furthermore, just this week the Governor and Attorney General of Nevada ceased to defend their state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “After thoughtful review and analysis, the state has determined that its arguments grounded upon equal protection and due process are no longer sustainable,” said Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on February 11. Prior to the court ruling in Virginia, Attorney General Mark Herring’s office refused to defend Virginia’s ban against same-sex marriage.
The Campaign for Southern Equality is calling for North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper to take the same course of action.
“Week by week it becomes increasingly clear that Amendment One and states’ bans on same-sex marriage are in violation of the U.S. Constitution. It is time for NC Attorney General Cooper to cease his defense of Amendment One, an unjust law that will ultimately be ruled unconstitutional,” says Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality.
“The sole purpose of Amendment One is to deny lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals equal rights and protections under the law. Every day that it stays . . . → Read More: Virginia Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Highlights That North Carolina’s Amendment One is Unconstitutional
Asheville, N.C. (January 24, 2014) – Yesterday Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that his office will cease to defend Virginia’s ban against same-sex marriage in a federal lawsuit that is progressing through the courts.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that NC Attorney General Roy Cooper will continue to defend Amendment One:
“Cooper said today North Carolina should change its law to allow marriage equality and he believes ‘basic fairness eventually will prevail. However, when legal arguments exist to defend a law, it is the duty of the Office of the Attorney General under North Carolina law to make those arguments in court,’ he said in a written statement.”
“I am hopeful that NC Attorney General Cooper will take the same course of action as Virginia Attorney General Herring and choose not to defend Amendment One, an unjust law that will ultimately be ruled unconstitutional,” says Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality. “Every day that Amendment One remains on the books, same-sex families in North Carolina are harmed because they are denied fundamental rights and protections. We’re calling for full rights and protections under the law immediately for LGBT people. Patience ceases to be a virtue when people are suffering.”
Recent actions by the North Carolina Department of Revenue and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC clearly demonstrate Amendment One’s negative impacts on North Carolina families.
Directive PD-13-1 issued by the North Carolina Department of Revenue states that legally married same-sex couples in North Carolina must file their state taxes separately, despite the fact that they will file federal taxes jointly. Additionally Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC does not offer family coverage plans to legally married same-sex couples due to . . . → Read More: North Carolina Attorney General Cooper should cease to defend Amendment One
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.
. . . → Read More: Definitive 2013 CSE Round Up
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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