Several states have won the freedom to marry in just the last few days. That means plenty to celebrate for same-sex couples and their allies — and plenty to lament for those who oppose equality.
Today's ruling follows one that brought marriage equality to the state Friday, but it allows Republican legislative leaders to intervene and potentially appeal.
Same-sex couples in the state began marrying shortly after a federal judge struck down the state's ban about 5:30 p.m. today.
Two years after approving a constitutional marriage ban, voters have grown more sympathetic to marriage equality, according to a new pair of polls.
North Carolina Representative Robert Pittenger doubled down on previous comments that firing gay people was a freedom for business owners to enjoy.
Winston-Salem becomes the first N.C. city to recognize same-sex marriage for employee benefits purposes, while Starkville, Miss., is the first in the state with domestic-partner benefits.
The Republican attorney general said his office sees no reason to change its strategy after a federal court with jurisdiction over South Carolina struck down a similar ban on same-sex marriage in Virginia.
Keisha Hollifield and her partner, Dericka, were turned down for a license in North Carolina's McDowell County, but were glad to make a point about marriage equality.