North Carolina Official To Accept Gay Marriage Applications

A county official cites a Supreme Court ruling

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A county official in North Carolina said Monday that he will accept same-sex marriage applications despite a constitutional ban on gay marriage in the state.

Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger cited this year’s Supreme Court ruling striking down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in saying he’d accept and hold the licenses while he seeks approval to move forward from state Attorney General Roy Cooper.

“I have concerns about whether we are violating people’s civil rights based on this summer’s Supreme Court decision,” Reisinger said in a statement.

That ruling did not preempt states from enacting their own marriage restrictions.

Cooper, a Democrat and likely gubernatorial candidate in 2016,  told the Associated Press over the weekend that he supports gay marriage, but his personal views will not prevent him from defending North Carolina’s 2012 state constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions.

[AP]

8 comments
JeffJankowiak
JeffJankowiak

Nobody is sending signals to anyone.  The Register of Deeds can accept and hold any license for any specific reason.  He is doing the right thing by referring the issue to the AG so they can protect the State from violating any federal constitutional issue.  #libertard...and you comment about passing moral judgement...so who's job is it?  Yours?  Do you read what you write?  I do not think so

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

i love how democratic officials now, on all levels, are able to throw out laws they don't agree with. that's bs. either enforce the law or lose your position. your job isn't to pass moral judgement on which laws are acceptable or not, it's to enforce the ones that are currently in place

Y2Krashman
Y2Krashman

Laws that are found to be unconstitutional by the SCOTUS, aren't exactly legal now are they?

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

The democrats are sending out the signal that homosexuals don't have to obey the laws of the land and that they can freely pick and choose the laws they wish to obey. Consequently, the democrats are sending out the signal to all of us that none of us have to obey laws that we don't like.

jrp77sen
jrp77sen

@#libtardedamerica Say that to Rosa Parks, dumb one. Laws are not worth following if they are discriminatory and unjust. Besides, last I checked, it was the Republicans that shut down the government because they didn't get their way with Obamacare. Waaa

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

@Y2Krashman 

Only the Federal tax portion of DOMA was found unconstitutional. It did not overturn the other provisions of DOMA nor did it overturn state constitutional bans on "homosexual marriage" .......... which is what this law breaker Drew Reisinger is trying to do. He has delusions of being a Supreme Court Justice.

jrp77sen
jrp77sen

@mary.waterton Riiight. Because Rosa Parks wasn't supposed to sit in the front of the bus in Alabama in 1955 when the discriminatory Jim Crow laws were in effect against black people. How wrong of her for sticking up against an unconstitutional law!! Goodness gracious me!

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

@jrp77sen @mary.waterton 

(1) Rosa Parks was a private citizen. Drew Reisinger is a government official.

(2) Homosexuals are not a newly discovered race. It's a lifestyle choice.

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