On Oct. 15, Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger became the first in the South to accept same-sex marriage licenses, setting off a torrent of media attention and online commentary.
Today Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger became the first in the South to accept same-sex marriage licenses, as 10 couples requested them as part of an effort organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality. However, Reisinger stopped short of issuing the documents, saying that while he believes the state ban on same-sex marriage is in conflict with the U.S. Constitution, he will first formally request that North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper allow the marriages to proceed.
In Buncombe County, thousands of slaves toiled as cooks, farmers, tour guides, maids, blacksmiths, tailors, miners, farmers, road builders and more, local records show. And after mostly ignoring that troubled history for a century and a half, the county is now taking groundbreaking steps to honor the contributions of those former residents by making its slave records readily available online.
The Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office has opened an exhibit to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and to remember those who were enslaved and their immeasurable contributions to our community. Along with the exhibit, the county has produced a short documentary, Forever Free, which features historians and descendants of slaves speaking on the significance of these records and the importance of acknowledging our past. Watch it here.
Register of deeds swearing-in ceremony, March 1, 2011: “I, Drew Reisinger, do hereby solemnly swear that I will support and maintain … the Constitution and laws of North Carolina, not inconsistent therewith … .” Asheville Citizen-Times article, April 22: “Reisinger, who by state law was forced to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples […]
Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger and challenger Pat Cothran traded sometimes tense words this morning during a Council of Independent Business Owners forum. Cothran repeatedly targeted Reisinger’s experience, while he claimed a record of improvement and questioned if she had specific plans to update its practices.
On July 26, 2011 the following was printed in the Mountain Xpress article “Field of Schemes?” about the proposed new Statehouse districts: “‘Less than a quarter of Buncombe County's population is Republican,’ noted Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger, who was Democratic Rep. Patsy Keever's campaign manager. ‘Yet they've drawn the districts so there will likely […]
The first time I met Drew Reisinger, I was struck by the priority he gave to me and our conversation. It's rare to be introduced to someone who looks you in the eyes and tries right away to learn something real about who you are, but Drew did just that, with a warmness all his […]
When Drew Reisinger was appointed to fulfill Otto DeBruhl’s unexpired term, the March 3 Mountain Xpress article, “A Done Deed,” reported on the Democratic Party’s choice: “The committee — made up of Buncombe County precinct chairs and vice chairs, Democratic elected officials and other party leaders — chose Reisinger, a 27-year-old party activist. … But […]
While Drew Reisinger’s accomplishments as register of deeds are impressive, they are not the least bit surprising. I had the privilege of working with Drew before he was elected to public office and was always struck by his energy, his creativity in addressing a challenge, and his ability to lead and inspire others while still […]
Integrity is not often a word heard in politics. Neither is compassion, sincerity or generosity. These are ideals we teach our children, aspire to in our own lives, but do not always find in our elected officials. Buncombe County is fortunate to have a public servant who embodies to these principles — Drew Reisinger, our […]
The Democratic primary for Buncombe County register of deeds is picking up right where last year's contentious special election left off: Three different party factions are duking it out, with each candidate claiming they're the most qualified for the job.
I’m voting for Drew Reisinger for Buncombe County register of deeds. In his short time in office, he has been efficient, effective and fair while accomplishing much. He cut the office’s annual budget by $238,500 while improving access and convenience by implementing e-recording, new technology and credit-card payments. He has pledged to continue finding new […]
Drew Reisinger currently holds the office of register of deeds and is running for re-election in Buncombe County. He has created an office of accessibility and responsibility in his short time as the register of deeds. He should be given a strong vote of confidence by the community for what he has done so far, […]
Drew Reisinger, our Buncombe County Register of Deeds, is my dear friend. He is also a former Obama organizer, statesman, outdoorsman, hiker, rafter, runner, gardener, compost maker, equality ally, labor ally, environmental ally, fairness ally, business ally, West Asheville resident, Boone graduate, rib-eye grillmaster, young professional, Ford driver (manual), technology geek, bluegrass dancer, loving husband […]
For two weeks in October, 20 same-sex couples applied for — and were refused — marriage licenses in Buncombe County. Their efforts culminated in a rally and an act of civil disobedience that led to an arrest. This WE DO campaign drew national attention and, in many ways, demonstrates a different approach to LGBT activism.
UPDATE: The Washington Post is now reporting that President Obama is planning to kick-off a three-day bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia in Asheville, on Monday, Oct. 17, to tout his jobs plan.
Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger upheld state law Oct. 3 by denying a marriage license to a number of same-sex couples, including Rev. Kathryn Cartledge and Elizabeth Eve, her partner of 30 years, among others. They were joined by a group of supporters including state House Rep. Patsy Keever and Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith, both of whom Reisinger supported in their respective elections. Later that day, Reisinger posted the following thoughts on his Facebook page
The staff of the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office is being reshuffled in the wake of Drew Reisinger‘s March 1 takeover.
The heated race to be Asheville’s next Register of Deeds came to a head on Wednesday, Feb. 23, when the Executive Democratic Committee elected Drew Reisinger to succeed Otto DeBruhl.
photo by Jerry Nelson