NC couple wants marriage certificate to say ‘North Carolina’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lawmakers in several states, including North Carolina are waiting for the Supreme Court to decide whether to uphold a recent ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage in Virginia.

WSOC-TV spoke with a Charlotte couple who said even if it means waiting, they want their marriage certificate to say "North Carolina." (WSOC-TV)

WSOC-TV spoke with a Charlotte couple who said even if it means waiting, they want their marriage certificate to say “North Carolina.” (WSOC-TV)

WSOC-TV reported that the same court that struck down Virginia’s ban could also rule on North Carolina’s ban.

This comes as Charlotte is preparing for its annual pride festival. Organizers expect a crowd of around 80,000 people.

WSOC-TV spoke with a Charlotte couple who said even if it means waiting, they want their marriage certificate to say “North Carolina.”

“It’s actually for me, the ability to say ‘I’m her wife,’” Jenny Richeson said.

Richeson married Tonya three years ago in a civil ceremony in their home state of North Carolina, and while they consider themselves married, being able to legally wed would formalize that feeling.

“It would be beautiful to have Mrs. Ashcraft,” Richeson said.

“So, if we are going to be separate, it gives others the green light to look at us as less than. We want to be seen as same as,” said Tonya Ashcraft.

Read full story: WSOC-TV

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