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RC Courthouse & Same Sex Marriages

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. – Want to get married? Head on down to the Rutherford County courthouse for your license. According to the county website, if you are at least 18 years of age, you only need the following items to attain your marriage license:  Drivers’s license or picture ID  Social Security card  Certified copy of […]

Same sex marriages in Rutherford County, NC

In certain parts of the state, it’s only going to get tougher for gay and lesbian couples to exercise their now-legal right to wed. Fortunately, there have already been two same-sex marriages in Rutherford County and in one of them a court magistrate performed the marriage service. Both marriages were recorded by the registrar of […]

Senate overrides McCrory veto 32-16 in magistrate marriage option

RALEIGH- Republican Senators in North Carolina overrode Thursday’s veto from Governor Pat McCrory of a bill that would allow magistrates to refuse to marry same-sex couples for deeply held religious beliefs. Senate Bill 2 gives special rights to state magistrates, allowing them to opt-out of marrying same-sex couples by opting-out of officiating at all weddings, […]

House voted 65-45 allowing magistrates to refuse to perform marriages for religious reasons

RALEIGH, NC — After a lengthy debate, House lawmakers voted 65-45 Wednesday tentatively approving a bill allowing magistrates and other public officials to refuse to perform marriages for religious reasons. Senate Bill 2 allows magistrates and employees of county register of deeds offices who object to same-sex marriage to recuse themselves from performing or recording any […]