First licenses already being issued in Macon County.
All couples, regardless of sexual orientation, can now be married in North Carolina. Late Friday evening, United States District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. legalized same-sex marriage by ruling on a lawsuit filed by clergy which challenged the 2012 state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Same-sex couples poured into the Asheville Register of Deeds office Friday evening to apply for marriage licenses. On Monday, the first marriage licenses were issued in both Macon and Jackson counties.