A lesbian couple together 25 years was
the first to file a request for a marriage license after a North
Carolina official said that he would begin accepting such requests.
According to the AP, Buncombe County
Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger accepted the request from Brenda
Clark and Carol McCrory on Tuesday morning. Additional couples, many
together for decades, followed.
Reisinger has said that he will
withhold his signature from the applications until he is given
permission by Attorney General Roy Cooper.
Cooper said Monday that he supports gay
marriage but is committed to defending a constitutional amendment
limiting marriage to heterosexual unions approved by 61 percent of
voters last year.
Carolina AG Roy Cooper endorses gay marriage.)
Reisinger said that he would forward
the marriage license requests to Cooper's office.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census,
Buncombe County has the highest percentage (1.2%) of same-sex couples
of any county in the state.
As part of the Campaign
for Southern Equality's We Do Campaign, launched in 2011, gay and
lesbian couples routinely ask for and are denied marriage licenses in
several Southern states, including North Carolina.
The group tweeted that “Over 100
people came to support these couples as they stand up for justice.”