The Buncombe County Register of Deeds said Monday afternoon that he would accept, though not process, marriage license applications from at least six same-sex couples who will visit his office tomorrow.
Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger made the announcement after activists from the Campaign for Southern Equality informed him that couples would seek marriage licenses during a protest action tomorrow. The Asheville protest action follows a similar event in Charlotte last week, when three same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses.
“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 in a release. “I have concerns about whether we are violating people’s civil rights based on this summer’s Supreme Court decision.”
Reisinger will accept the license applications but withhold his own signature pending an opinion from state Attorney General Roy Cooper.