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With the same sex marriage laws in states like Kentucky and Virginia being overturned to recognize same sex marriage, some in North Carolina believe this state may be next.

Scott Bishop from Human Rights Campaign in Charlotte says he believes Amendment One will be ruled unconstitutional in NC.

"I don’t think it’s a matter of if, but when,” he said. “Whether it'll happen this year or next year, it’s going to happen in the next few years."

Joey Hewell and Scott Lindsely have been together for 11 years. They live together in Charlotte and consider themselves a married couple.

Only, they’re not.

Amendment One doesn’t allow same sex couples to get married or have civil unions in NC. Lindsley said he and Joey tried to get married last year, but were denied.

"We wanted to get a marriage license and once you walk in there and reality hits you that as an American citizen, and as somebody who should have the same rights as anyone else would, you walk in, pay your fee, turn in your application, and someone has to look you in the face and say not you,” he said.

NC Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a statement, “North Carolina should change its laws to allow marriage equality and I believe basic fairness eventually will prevail. However, when legal arguments exist to defend a law, it is the duty of the Office of the Attorney General under North Carolina law to make those arguments in court."

But Bishop believes the arguments defending Amendment One don’t stand up.

"I think we're finding in all the court cases that are happening in states, you know, Virginia, Kentucky, as the opponents of same sex marriage are trying to defend it they're finding that there really is no defense of it anymore,” he said.

For now, Lindsley and Hewell will wait to get married until it’s legal in NC. They said they’ll sit together on their porch, tend to their garden and continue to love each other no matter what the law says.

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