When Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger opens the door Tuesday, he expects to see same-sex couples waiting outside his office to apply for marriage licenses.
Unlike in the past, Reisinger plans to accept the applications and then seek an opinion from North Carolina's top lawyer.
A 2012 amendment to North Carolina's Constitution forbids same-sex couples from marrying. But Reisinger says he will hold the licenses and then ask state Attorney General Roy Cooper for legal advice.
The initial word from the attorney general's office was that he cannot legally grant the licenses.
The Campaign for Southern Equality has been leading the fight for same sex marriage.
Group spokesman Aaron Sarver says at least six same-sex couples will request marriage licenses Tuesday from Reisinger's office.
The Buncombe County Register of Deeds says he's going to accept marriage license applications from same-sex couples.
A 2012 amendment to North Carolina's Constitution forbids same-sex couples from marrying. But Drew Reisinger said Tuesday he will issue the licenses and ask state Attorney General Roy Cooper for legal advice.
The Campaign for Southern Equality has been going from county to county, trying to find someone to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples as part of its "We Do" campaign.
Group spokesman Aaron Sarver says same-sex couples will show up Tuesday at the Register of Deeds office in Asheville to apply for licenses.
Reisinger's announcement came hours after Cooper revealed he supports same-sex marriage. But Cooper also said his personal views won't prevent him from defending North Carolina's ban in court.