Same-Sex Marriage

Law
3:39 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

NC Republican Leaders Will Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Two men marry on one of the first days that same-sex marriage was legal in N.C.
Credit Alex Miller via Twitter

North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders plan to appeal a ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. Legal experts, though, say any appeal would face an uphill battle.

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Law
12:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Photos Of Same-Sex Marriage Celebrations Around North Carolina

Cheyenne and Tish at the Durham County Register of Deeds. Monday 10/13/14
Credit Reema Khrais

On Friday, a federal judge in Asheville struck down the state's gay marriage ban, opening the way for the first same-sex weddings in the state.  U.S. District Court Judge Max Cogburn, Jr. issued a ruling shortly after 5:00 p.m. declaring the ban approved by state voters in 2012 unconstitutional. A few weddings happened late on Friday, more on Monday and Tuesday.

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Law
11:24 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Same-Sex Couples With Children: Your New Rights

Marcie (left) and Chantelle Fisher-Borne, adoption day. Monday 10/14/14
Credit Reema Khrais

Marcie and Chantelle Fisher-Borne have been together for 18 years. They have two kids, 6-year-old Miley and 2-year-old Elijah. Marcie Fisher-Borne gave birth to Miley and Chantelle Fisher-Borne gave birth to Eli. So each parent has been considered a 'legal stranger' to one of their kids.

They were at the Durham County Courthouse Monday because same-sex marriage is now legal in North Carolina. And that means they can adopt as a family.

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Law
11:15 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage NC: Some Nervous Even After Wedding Bells

The Rev. John L. Saxon presided over the marriage of Lynn Gaskins, 31, left, and Christy Alston, 34, outside of the Wake County Justice Center.
Credit Jorge Valencia

Dozens of same-sex couples have been rushing to county courthouses throughout the state to get married.

While many say they're full of excitement, there are also some nerves: Questions about what it means to get married, and what their family will legally look like.

Some who oppose gay marriage are also making their voices heard.

Lynn Gaskins and Christy Alston got married in Raleigh on Monday. Even after the ceremony, Alston was edgy.

"I'm nervous. Still nervous. It's a big responsibility. I can't believe I'm married now. Wow."

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Politics & Government
6:56 am
Tue October 14, 2014

NC Same-Sex Marriage: Examining The Possible Political Fallout

Betty Mack and Carol Taylor of Asheville, partners of 41 years, show their marriage certificate
Credit Casey Blake via Twitter

A judge's decision last week to legalize same-sex marriage in North Carolina has brought out many polarizing opinions.  Political candidates and office-holders have come down on either side of the debate.  Among them are the two men who may face off for governor in 2016. 

Andy Taylor is a political science professor at N.C. State University.  He says Roy Cooper and Gov. Pat McCrory could see the fallout from this legal issue spill into their potential campaigns.

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Law
5:29 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Advice For Same-Sex Couples Who Are Newly Wed: See A Lawyer

Ronald Williams (left) and David Moore, partners of 36 years, received their wedding license Monday 10/13/2014
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Many same-sex couples across the state received wedding licenses today after a federal judge ruled late Friday that North Carolina's ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional. Although it's a federal holiday, county officials were at work processing marriage applications this morning. Many couples held ceremonies immediately afterward, while others are waiting until later this week.

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The Two-Way
3:04 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

North Carolina And Alaska Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Lynda Johnson (center) cries as she watches her daughter Kandyce Johnson (left) marry Jana Downs in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday. Same-sex couples lined up to get marriage licenses Monday, the first day Mecklenburg County issued the licenses.
Jeff Siner MCT/Landov

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 8:25 pm

Same-sex couples in Alaska and North Carolina are receiving marriage licenses, after courts in those states recently overturned bans on gay marriage. The two states are part of the cascading effects of the Supreme Court's refusal to review any appeals in same-sex marriage cases in its current term.

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Law
12:10 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage In NC: Deconstructing #DayOneNC

Many around the state were on pins and needles Friday, wondering if the state's gay marriage ban would be lifted. WUNC was tracking the information, and reporting all throughout the day.

Update Friday 6:05 p.m.:

A federal judge in Asheville has struck down the state's gay marriage ban, opening the way for the first same-sex weddings in the state to begin immediately.  U.S. District Court Judge Max Cogburn, Jr. issued a ruling shortly after 5:00 p.m. declaring the ban approved by state voters in 2012 unconstitutional.  

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Politics & Government
6:56 am
Mon October 13, 2014

After 23 Years Together, Lesbian Couple Plans Church Wedding

Nancy Ruth Best and Wynolia Apple plan to get married next Sunday after being together for 23 years.
Credit Reema Khrais

Same-sex couples are expected to head to Register of Deeds offices across the state today to get marriage licenses. A federal judge overturned the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage late Friday.

That case was filed by a group of clergy members. They argued that not being able to marry gay couples violated their freedom of religion. This weekend, many churches celebrated the decision, including Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Durham.

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Politics & Government
8:30 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Chad And Chris Get Hitched In NC

Wake County Register of Deeds Laura Riddick with Chris Creech (left), 46, and Chad Biggs, 35, the first couple who would be getting a license there.
Credit Jorge Valencia

Same-sex marriage is now legal in North Carolina. This comes after a two-year battle in the courts and one week of high anticipation. Late on Friday afternoon, a federal judge in Asheville declared the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage illegal.

Chad Biggs and Chris Creech got married at 6:02 p.m. in front of the bright lights of television and still cameras.

It wasn't the kind of intimacy they'd once imagined, but it was in Wake County and close to home -- unlike the time they flew to another state to try to legally marry.

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