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Jun 8, 2015

Majority of North Carolina Registers of Deeds Oppose Senate Bill 2

MEDIA CONTACT: Drew Reisinger, Buncombe County Register of Deeds: 828-250-4315 or drew.reisinger@buncombecounty.org

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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 8, 2015) -- The majority of Registers of Deeds from across the state have an unfavorable opinion of Senate Bill 2, according to a survey released today. This is the first such survey of the officials whose offices issue marriage licenses and who would therefore be required to implement Senate Bill 2.

Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger said he undertook the survey with the assistance of several fellow Registers. The survey began last week and closed today.

A veto override of Senate Bill 2 will tentatively be considered in the NC House tonight.

The survey asked respondents “Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Senate Bill 2?” Of the 54 Registers who responded, 51 reported an unfavorable opinion. Only 3 reported a favorable opinion.

Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed Senate Bill 2 in May on the grounds that it would exempt public officials from upholding their oaths of office. The North Carolina Association of Registers of Deeds (NCARD) has not taken a position on SB 2.

Equality NC is encouraging North Carolinians to ask their House representatives to sustain the veto override.

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