When a federal judge declared North Carolina's ban on same gender marriage unconstitutional, the ruling meant that same-sex couples could get married and their spouses could receive benefits.
Some leaders of religious institutions, including the Diocese of Charlotte, expressed dismay that Amendment One was undone by a judge's ruling. Amendment One was approved by a majority of voters in the 2012 as a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
But will those institutions follow the law and recognize same-sex marriages by extending benefits to same-gender spouses of employees?
"We are working on this issue," the Diocese of Charlotte told WBTV.
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David Hains, Director of Communications said the Diocese "Will be informing diocesan employees when decisions are made."
While same-sex staff at Belmont Abbey College - the private Catholic college in Belmont - wait for answers, officials at some other private colleges and universities with religious affiliations say the recent court ruling doesn't change the policy at their institutions.
"We do currently provide benefits to the spouses of individuals in a same-sex marriage," Lenoir-Rhyne University said.
A private co-ed university in Hickory, Lenoir-Rhyne is affiliated with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Peter Kendall, Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance at Lenoir-Rhyne University told WBTV, "We do not request copies of marriage licenses, just as we do not for opposite sex couples."
Kendall added that the University also provides benefits to same sex couples in a domestic partnership. "In this case we ask them to sign an attestation that they are in a partnership" Kendall said.
At Queens University in Charlotte, where there's a Presbyterian affiliation, benefits to spouses of same-gender couples is not new.
Teri Orsini, the Director of Human Resources and Title 9 Coordinator, said Queens in 2007 began offering benefits to same-gender partners.
Orsini told WBTV the University in 2014 "removed same-gender and left it as domestic partners."
Orsini said the recent court ruling that paved the way for benefits for same-sex spouses will have "no impact on Queens."