The Buncombe County Register of Deeds says he's going to accept marriage license applications from same-sex couples. A 2012 amendment to North Carolina's Constitution forbids same-sex couples from marrying. But Drew Reisinger said he will issue the licenses and ask state Attorney General Roy Cooper for legal advice. Reisinger's announcement came hours after Cooper revealed he supports same-sex marriage. But Cooper also said his personal views won't prevent him from defending North Carolina's ban in court.
WFDD's Audrey Fannin spoke with Reisinger Monday night.
This week the U-S Supreme Court is hearing arguments over same sex marriage. Tuesday, the court heard arguments challenging Prop 8, the California state constitutional amendment that prevents the state from recognizing same-sex marriage. John Dinan, professor of politics at Wake Forest University, says the California amendment differs from North Carolina's. The California Supreme Court recognized same-sex marriages in 2008, but six months later, Prop 8 took that recognition away.