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NC candidate to sign same-sex marriage licenses

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The apparent winner of a register of deeds seat in North Carolina says he'll sign same-sex marriage licenses despite a state ban against gay unions.

Former Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton narrowly won a Democratic primary Tuesday for the Orange County register of deeds and it appears that he will have no opposition in the general election in November.

Chilton said he doesn't see how North Carolina's law banning gay marriage will survive constitutional analysis.

Attorney General Roy Cooper is responsible for upholding the state's laws. He declined to comment Wednesday on Chilton's pledge. In the past Cooper has said he will uphold the gay marriage ban, even though he personally supports gay marriage.

Chilton said if a court were to order him to stop issuing gay-marriage licenses, he would.

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