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Same-sex couples in NC expected to receive marriage licenses Monday

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Same-sex couples are expected to line up outside the Mecklenburg County and Courts building Monday morning to receive marriage licenses at the Register of Deeds office, according to WSOC.

Same-sex marriage became legal in North Carolina on Friday after a federal judge struck down the state’s law restricting marriage to a man and a woman.

“We’re so excited,” said Joanne and Cathy, who are long-time partners and live in Huntersville. “It’s an amazing feeling to be recognized and authorized as a couple after 28 years together. We’ve raised two children.”

Joanne and Cathy were plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit that was filed in April by the United Church of Christ and a coalition of clergy.

“We could have gone to other states to get married but we were holding out for North Carolina,” said Cathy Frye. “Now our pastor will be able to legally marry us. It’s an incredible feeling.”

The couple expressed fear opposed legislative leaders will file an appeal on the judges’ decision.

The majority of North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2012.

Equality North Carolina will be outside the Mecklenburg County and Courts building Monday morning to support and help same-sex couples receiving a marriage certificate.

Many couples plan to marry in the courtyard outside the building.

Even though Monday is a federal holiday, the Register of Deeds office will open Monday morning.

Source: WSOC