N.C. Gay Couples Register Marriages With State

Two couples shared a symbolic gesture toward marriage equality in their home states.

BY Michelle Garcia

February 15 2014 1:43 PM ET

Al and Rebecca Murray

Two same-sex couples from Buncombe County, N.C., marked Valentine's Da with a trip to the Register of Deeds, to record their marriages.

The couples, who are involved in the We Do Campaign, were legally married in other states, but wanted to register their unions in their home state. While the registry would not mean that their marriage is recognized by the state of North Carolina, the couples said it was mainly a symbolic gesture.

"We wanted to take advantage of this opportunity on Valentine's Day as a little expression of love to each other, as well as other couples across the state, to acknowledge that this is reality, that we are married, and have that on record in our home," Al Murray told WLOS News.

Murray and her wife Rebecca were married in Connecticut in 2012, according to the We Do Campaign. The other couple, Matt and Shannon, have been together for 9 years and were married last fall in Matt’s home state of Minnesota.

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