There will be dueling same-sex marriage events in Raleigh on Thursday, which is the second anniversary of the passage of North Carolina’s constitutional ban.
Several same-sex couples plan to apply for marriage licenses at the Wake County Registrar of Deeds office, joined by legally married same-sex couples who will pay $26 to record their out-of-state licenses.
Both are symbolic gestures. Recording an out-of-state marriage license is an attempt to create a public record of the marriage, even though it’s not recognized by the state.
The couples will be joined by family and clergy.
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A little later and across downtown, supporters of the same-sex marriage ban will rally on the south side of the state Capitol at noon to hear speakers. The rally is also meant to send the message that supporters won’t tolerate continued attacks on the marriage amendment through lawsuits and other efforts by the ACLU and the Campaign for Southern Equality.
The N.C. Values Coalition and the Upper Room of God in Christ, Christian Action League, N.C. Family Policy Council, Return America and C2A are sponsoring the rally.