In a state that currently bans same-sex marriage, a North Carolina official would like to start accepting marriage applications from gay couples as of Tuesday according to a report by Reuters on October 14.
Drew Reisinger, Buncombe Country register of deeds, believes the state is currently violating the city rights of gay couples, including some of his close friends who he has had to deny marriage licenses.
Inspired by the Supreme Court decision that struck down key part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, Reisinger wants to join local officials in the states of Pennsylvania and New Mexico who have already begun issuing marriage licenses to gay coupes, but in his way is North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper who supports gay marriage, but also defense the state’s ban on gay marriage.
Reisinger said he would not add his signature to applications until he gets approval from Cooper. According to Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for Cooper, “the State Constitution says that these marriage licenses cannot be issued and this is the law unless the Constitution is changed or the court says otherwise.”
It might not be an easy fight for Reisinger because of the current law and a lack of support in southern states for gay marriage, but he is hopeful that at least he is opening communication and challenging the state ban as “violating people’s civil rights” based on the Supreme Court ruling.
Cooper’s decision, however, may put a stall on Reisinger’s efforts.
North Caroline is one of 29 U.S. states with constitutional amendments defining marriage as between a man and a woman.