“I have always wanted to become a wife to the woman whom I truly and desperately love, and a mommy to our children.”
Dericka and Keisha Hollifield left empty-handed due to the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.
“My denomination — the United Church of Christ — authorizes me to perform these ceremonies,” said a North Carolina minister. “But Amendment One denies my religious freedom by prohibiting me from exercising this right.”
The Mississippi bill is the first of many varying “religious freedom” bills introduced in several states this year to advance to a governor since a more expansive bill was vetoed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in February. Update: Gov. Bryant signed the bill April 3.
Facing concerns that the bill would lead to discrimination, lawmakers amended its language to bring the issue to a study committee. The move, though, sends the bill back to the state Senate, where it could be amended further.
Brenda Clark and Carol McCrory were able to submit an application for a marriage license Tuesday after the Buncombe County register or deeds said he will challenge the state’s equal marriage ban. It was the couple’s fifth attempt over the last two and a half years, but it could ultimately be rejected by the state’s attorney general.