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Oct 10, 2014

BREAKING: Marriage Equality in North Carolina

Same-Sex Couples Can Marry in the Tar Heel State

GREENSBORO, N.C. (October 10, 2014) – Days after the Supreme Court declined to hear state appeals in support of a ban on same-sex marriage on Monday, a federal judge in North Carolina has today ruled Amendment One unconstitutional, allowing same-sex couples to marry across the state.

Late Friday afternoon, Honorable Max Cogburn, a federal judge in Charlotte ruled the state's ban on marriage equality is now history.

Equality NC, the state's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, immediately responded, calling this "a historic day" for North Carolina.

"Today's ruling allowing loving, same-sex couples to marry across North Carolina is a historic moment for our state," said Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC. "With it, we celebrate with so many North Carolinians who have worked tirelessly over decades to change hearts, minds, and unequal laws in the state we call home. Love won and the barriers to it are done."

Equality NC will be at register of deeds offices on Friday in Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, and Wilmington, as the organization stands with loving couples experiencing the freedom to marry for the very first time.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the freedom to marry on "Day One."

Equality NC will also host "day one" events at the locations listed below. Couples, media and supporters can RSVP participation and learn exact times for these events at the following:

Raleigh: https://www.facebook.com/events/777524712303921/

Charlotte: https://www.facebook.com/events/627196824059529/

Greensboro: https://www.facebook.com/events/823440187679236/

Also Wilmington: https://www.facebook.com/events/676147819159551/

Equality NC has also set up a website to prepare couples for marriage equality on "day one." Visit equalitync.org/marriage/dayone.

ABOUT EQUALITY NC: Equality NC is the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender North Carolinians. 

CLICK HERE for the latest on the state of marriage in North Carolina.

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