same-sex marriage

4:13 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Cheers, Jeers Greet NC's New Magistrate Law

Joey Hewell and Scott Lindsley got married outside the Mecklenburg County Register of Deed's office last October.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Magistrates in North Carolina can now refuse to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds. This after the House voted Thursday to override Governor McCrory's veto of the legislation.

WFAE’s Tom Bullock reports on the vote in the House and reaction to North Carolina’s new law.

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10:57 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Magistrates Can Now Say 'No' To Same-Sex Marriage

Credit NC General Assembly

North Carolina magistrates can now opt out of performing same-sex marriages on religious grounds.

When Governor Pat McCrory vetoed this bill 13 days ago he wrote, “No public official who voluntarily swears an oath to support and defend the Constitution should be exempt from upholding that oath.”

The Senate quickly voted to override that veto. But in the House the vote had been delayed for more than a week as Speaker Tim Moore and Republican leadership worked to make sure they had the votes they needed.

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The Party Line
3:05 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

The Culture Wars Return To Raleigh

Michael Bitzer

With the pending U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage expected, and the issue of whether North Carolina magistrate’s should be allowed a ‘religious objection’ to performing same-sex marriages, the culture wars over social issues are still being fought in earnest.

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7:39 am
Thu June 4, 2015

'Ag-Gag' And New Abortion Restrictions To Become Law

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Wednesday night was a busy night in Raleigh. First, House lawmakers voted 79-36 to override the governor’s veto of a bill that will allow employers to sue workers who secretly take pictures or record audio in their place of business. The Senate had already voted to override the veto, which means the bill will become law.

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5:43 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

McCrory To Veto Bill That Lets Magistrates Pass On Wedding Same-Sex Couples

Hours after the North Carolina House of Representatives passed the legislation, Governor Pat McCrory announced he will veto a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing marriages for same-sex couples. But lawmakers may have the votes to override that veto.

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Local News
4:02 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

NC, SC Officials File Their Own Same-Sex Marriage Arguments With Supreme Court

  Elected leaders from across the Carolinas have weighed in on the same-sex marriage cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over Tuesday. The cases are out of Ohio and three other states, but they'll determine whether any state can ban same-sex marriage.

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Local News
5:19 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

NC Leaders Want U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Case

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North Carolina's legislative leaders will try to bypass a federal appeals court and take the case over the state's same-sex marriage ban straight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Local News
12:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

US Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Marriage In SC


The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing same-sex marriage to begin in South Carolina. The nation's highest court refused Thursday to delay the marriages pending appeal.

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Local News
12:12 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

South Carolina's AG Says He Will Appeal Ruling Against Same-Sex Marriage Ban

South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.
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South Carolina’s Attorney General says he will appeal A federal judge’s ruling that struck down South Carolina’s ban on gay marriage.

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Local News
8:40 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Mecklenburg County Issues First Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Joey Hewell and Scott Lindsley got married outside the Register of Deed's office on Monday morning.
Tasnim Shamma

The Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds issued its first marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday morning. About a dozen couples lined up before the office opened at 8 o'clock. This comes after a federal judge in Asheville ruled on Friday the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

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