Gay couples to apply for marriage licenses on Amendment One 2nd - WRBL

Gay couples to apply for marriage licenses on Amendment One 2nd Anniversary

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Same-sex couples in Wake County will apply for marriage licenses at the Wake County Register of Deeds Thursday morning to mark the second anniversary of Amendment One.

It’s part of the “WE DO” campaign in North Carolina.

The couples will be joined by supporters including family and clergy from across faith traditions such as Rev. Nancy Petty of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh.

They will also be joined by legally-married same-sex couples who will pay $26 to record their out-of-state marriage licenses in order to create a public record of their legal marriage.

One of those couples will be Trudy and Justine Price-O’Neil of Wake County. They were married legally in Massachusetts.

“While the federal government recognizes our marriage, it's important to us that our home state of North Carolina does too,” Price-O’Neil said in a written release. “This matters for reasons like state taxes and insurance policies, but also for our little girl to have two legal parents, and so she can know without a doubt that her family is just as valid and important as everyone else's.”

Last summer the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that the federal government must recognize marriages of same-sex couples. On April 28, a new federal legal challenge to Amendment One, General Synod of the United Church of Christ vs. Cooper, was filed in North Carolina’s Western District on behalf of clergy from across faith traditions including Rev. Nancy Petty, same-sex couples and the United Church of Christ.

The case challenges the constitutionality of marriage laws in North Carolina – including Amendment One.

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