Judge denies Berger-Tillis’ request for oral arguments; no ruling on same-sex marriage ban

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A judge on Friday denied House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger's request to make oral arguments to intervene on North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban being struck down.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen Jr. will not rule on the same-sex marriage ban on Friday.

Tillis and Senate leader Berger filed their legal brief Friday shortly before a noon deadline imposed by Osteen Jr. The GOP leaders are seeking to intervene after Democratic state Attorney General Roy Cooper concluded all possible legal defenses had been exhausted.

Osteen appeared ready to strike down the marriage ban approved by North Carolina voters in 2012 -- on Wednesday he lifted his stays and dismissed all prior motions.

Meanwhile, about a dozen people waited outside the Guilford County Register of Deeds office Friday in anticipation of North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban being lifted. They hoped to get their licenses today and then get married  outside on West Market Street.

“Assuming we get the judicial order and once we verify it, we expect to immediately get new marriage forms from Raleigh — and immediately begin accepting same-sex marriage applications and issuing licenses,” Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen said Thursday.

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