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Same-Sex Marriage

Court allows gay marriage in South Carolina

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A federal court has cleared the way for gay couples to be married in South Carolina. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday denied state Attorney General Alan Wilson's request to block the marriages while it hears his appeal. Full story...
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NC magistrate resigns over same-sex marriage

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A North Carolina magistrate has resigned, saying marrying a same-sex couple violates his religious beliefs. Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam Jr. sent a letter to Chief District Court Judge Fred Wilkins on Thursday saying when he took his oath of office, he didn't take it with the understanding that he would be required to marry same-sex couples. Full story...
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AG Cooper to counties: Get ready for gay marriage

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North Carolina's top lawyer has advised local officials to prepare for an influx of same-sex couples seeking marriage certificates following a federal judge's ruling expected within days. Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday that county registers of deeds should expect a ruling from the federal judge striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriages "relatively soon." Full story...
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Delay sought on NC same-sex marriage lawsuit

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North Carolina's attorney general is asking a judge to delay the most recent lawsuit over the state's same-sex marriage ban, saying an order expected later this year in another case likely will resolve the situation. Full story...
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NC National Guard to recognize same-sex marriages

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The North Carolina National Guard will begin recognizing same-sex marriages. Lt. Col. Maury A. Williams said Monday the guard will abide by US Department of Defense orders extending federal benefits to the same-sex spouses of uniformed service members. Full story...
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Cooper won't block ACLU's NC gay marriage ban case

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The legal forum for challenging North Carolina's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages is taking shape in a Greensboro federal court. Full story...
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NC rallies put local face on gay marriage push

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North Carolina advocates in favor of gay marriage are putting a local face on the issue as the U.S. Supreme Court decides the law of the land. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Pro Amendment One billboards vandalized

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video Early voting started today, including voting for the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Full story...
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NC Baptists elect Charlotte pastor as president

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A senior pastor at a Charlotte church is the new president of the N.C. Baptist State Convention, whose delegates also have endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina. Full story...
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