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The first two months of having same-sex marriage legalized in North Carolina didn't boost marriage licenses or the funds associated therein in Macon County. Same-sex marriage, which was legalized in North Carolina in October, has sent couples to the Register of Deeds office, with licenses being sought the day it became legal, but other than an immediate burst of business, hasn't caused any additional traffic for local offices.
In 2012, Macon County's Register of Deeds office issued 341 marriage license, which accounted for $20,460 for the office. In 2013, the office issued 363 marriage licenses, totaling $21,780. In 2014, the first year same-sex marriage was legal in the state, Macon County issued 358 licenses, 22 of which were for same-sex couples, for a total of $21,480, according to Jana Smith with the Macon County Register of Deeds office.