A landmark decision was made in North Carolina on Friday, October 10, 2014. If anyone was following social media or any other communication outlet, it would have been hard to keep up with the flurry of activity that led up to the Court’s decision. At approximately 5:30 p.m., U. S. District Court Judge Max Cogburn of Asheville, North Carolina struck down the state’s laws restricting laws to only men and women. While an appeal is possible, there were celebrations across the state with marriage licenses being granted after business hours in many counties. In Mecklenburg County, the Register of Deeds had already closed for the day but licenses should be available to gay couples beginning Monday, October 13, 2014.
As we see the affects of this change unfold, we can certainly expect other changes to begin to percolate. Regardless of any opinion on the ruling, whether celebration or opposition, North Carolina has followed suit of the majority of the country and will need to make the necessary adjustments to its relevant statutory authority.
Sodoma Law has been working with non-traditional families for years as the law was the only thing that stood in the way of many couples. As it stands, there is currently no law as it relates to surrogacy for those who want to create families and are otherwise unable. In addition, the adoption laws are likely to see change as North Carolina. To date, with the help of surrogacy agreements, parenting plans and the application of certain caselaw, we have been to able to establish rights that would have otherwise been unprotected. As we see these new changes in our North Carolina law, our attorneys will continue to monitor and keep our clients educated so that the right decisions can be made for families across the state.