October 17, 2013 at 8:30 am EDT | by Staff reports
N.C. official issues marriage licenses
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Asheville, N.C. (Photo by Zen Sutherland; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—A North Carolina county official on Tuesday accepted marriage license applications from 10 same-sex couples.

The Citizen-Times newspaper reported that Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger accepted the applications and told the couples who submitted them that he would hold them. The official said in a statement the Campaign for Southern Equality, a same-sex marriage advocacy group, distributed to the media on Oct. 15 that he would push the issue with Attorney General Roy Cooper.

“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.

North Carolina voters in May 2012 approved a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

Cooper, a Democrat, told the Associated Press over the weekend he personally supports marriage rights for same-sex couples. He said during the same interview he would defend the state’s gay nuptials ban in a recently expanded federal lawsuit that now challenges its constitutionality.

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