Amendment One

Politics & Government
7:47 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Amendment One: Unconstitutional, But Probably Here To Stay

Voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment One in the 2012 Primary. It added a provision to the state constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
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One of the state’s most highly contested constitutional amendments officially became part of history’s scrap heap as of Friday. So what happens to the controversial Amendment One now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed same-sex marriage in all 50 states?

The amendment reads in part: Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.

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Politics & Government
12:33 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Gay Couples Plan Mass Wedding Ceremony In Winston-Salem After Judge's Ruling

In May 2012, North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman. The returns showed the amendment passed with about 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent against.
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Thousands of people are expected to attend the gay pride parade and festival in downtown Winston-Salem this weekend.

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Politics & Government
7:56 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Judge Clears Way For Gay Marriages, But Fight Goes On

Gloria Racey (left) and Gaye Hodges wait at the Forsyth County Register of Deeds for word that they can get their marriage license. The office closed before a federal judge's order that opened the door to gay marriages in North Carolina.
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A federal court judge in North Carolina has overturned the state’s same-sex marriage ban, allowing gay and lesbian couples across the state to marry immediately.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Eye Adoption Rights

Same-sex marriage advocates say it's only a matter of time before a judge finds a state ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. But opponents say they will fight to keep the law in place.
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The ACLU is making a new push for same-sex marriage and second parent adoption rights.

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same-sex marriage
5:57 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

4th Circuit Appeals Panel Strikes Down VA Same-Sex Marriage Ban

NC Supporters of same-sex marriage hope the latest ruling finding VA's ban unconstitutional will set a precedent for the Tar Heel state.
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A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Marriage
9:39 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Buncombe County Register of Deeds to Accept Same-Sex Couples' Applications for Marriage Licenses

Applications for marriage licenses by same-sex couples will be accepted in Buncombe County Tuesday.
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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.

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