Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam Jr. declared performing gay marriages would violate his religious beliefs.
A second federal lawsuit has been filed in South Carolina over same-sex marriage.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As same-sex couples in North Carolina await federal court rulings they hope will allow them to get married, Republican legislative leaders are making a last-minute move to block or delay the nuptials.
A South Carolina court has issued a marriage license to a same-sex couple despite the state’s constitutional ban against the practice and the attorney general’s pledge to defend it.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied appeals from five states seeking to preserve gay-marriage bans. The move doesn’t mean same-sex marriages will begin immediately in South Carolina, but experts say such unions probably aren’t too far off.
Conservative Christian group Return America is demanding Attorney General Roy Cooper defend the constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Challenges in other states continue to make their way through the courts, many of them successfully.
In the first faith-based challenge against same-sex marriage bans, Protestant clergy filed a federal lawsuit on Monday arguing that North Carolina is unconstitutionally restricting religious freedom by barring them from wedding same-sex couples in their congregations.
Some clergy members are filing a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, saying it violates their religious freedom.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman is challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage by seeking recognition both of her union and separation. Cathy Swicegood of Mauldin says in a lawsuit filed this […]