A cultural divide: Groups gather at courthouse as same-sex marriage license denied
Register of Deeds Tonia Hampton (left) denies issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple from McDowell on Tuesday. The couple, Dericka and Keisha, appeared at the Register of Deeds office seeking a marriage license as part of the WE DO Campaign by the Campaign for Southern Equality. The Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the organization, stands at right.
Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:14 pm
Updated: 4:34 pm, Tue Jul 22, 2014.
McDowell County was confronted Tuesday with the issue of same-sex marriage when a local lesbian couple sought to apply for a marriage license at the Register of Deeds office.
Although they were denied a license or even an application for one, Keisha Hollifield and her partner Dericka said they hope their union will someday be recognized in both North Carolina and their home county of McDowell.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:14 pm.
Updated: 4:34 pm.