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18 Gay and Lesbian Couples Rejected for Marriage Licenses in North Carolina: VIDEO


Earlier this month I mentioned the "We Do" campaign in which couples have been pursuing marriage licenses around North Carolina, with little luck.

Yesterday, the campaign released a video of some of its efforts. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

MenThings are about to get real:

Since the WE DO Campaign launched on October 3, eighteen same-sex couples have requested – and been denied – marriage licenses at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office in Asheville, NC. The purpose of the campaign is calling for full equality under federal law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and resisting an unjust state law in North Carolina that prohibits marriage equality. Momentum around the campaign grows each day and the campaign’s first video has been viewed by over 5,500 people in the 24 hours since its release on October 12. Clergy and volunteers are arriving from across North Carolina and the United States to participate in a public, interfaith blessing for LGBT families. This will be followed by a large public action including a planned act of civil disobedience. The WE DO Campaign will be expanding to other communities in North Carolina in coming months.

WomenToday, another couple will ask for a marriage license at noon:

On October 14, the final day of this phase of the campaign, Rev. Joe Hoffman and Rev. Cartledge will lead a public, interfaith blessing of all LGBT families at Roger McGuire Green, in front of the Buncombe County Courthouse. They will be joined by clergy from across faith traditions and from across the country. Following the blessing, clergy and community members will lead a large public action, which will be followed by an act of civil disobedience.

JOIN THEM TODAY in Asheville, if you can.

Watch many couples asking for marriage licenses and being rejected in NC,

An amendment to ban same-sex marriage constitutionally will go before Morth Carolina voters in May 2012.

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  1. The disappointed and pain came right through that video... I didn't expect to cry today.

    Posted by: JNJ | Oct 14, 2011 8:52:55 AM

  2. Kudos to all involved in this peaceful civil resistance effort.

    Posted by: antb | Oct 14, 2011 9:31:37 AM

  3. Really impressed by their campaign. Not only are they fighting the constitutional amendment but they're going on the offensive (so necessary) and demanding full equality with effective, on-message PR. A model for how it should be done.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 14, 2011 10:00:01 AM

  4. I'm also glad to see that they were treated with professionalism and compassion by the clerks.

    Posted by: ChrisDC | Oct 14, 2011 10:30:31 AM

  5. The two guys with the baby - wow, I really wanted them to be married!

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 14, 2011 10:45:46 AM

  6. @chrisdc- this is Asheville, one of the most liberal cities in the state (surrounded by a deep red sea of hillbilly hate--the two surrounding districts are represented by Patrick McKinney and Virginia Foxx). I imagine if they had tried this in a neighboring county they would have needed a sherrif's escort. Still, I applaud their effort and hope that this movement spreads to other less friendly parts of the state.

    Posted by: gaylib | Oct 14, 2011 10:45:46 AM

  7. I'll be attending the rally this afternoon and I'm really interested to see how much support is behind the project at this point. Asheville is definitely a liberal bubble in western NC, which unfortunately means that we get some swipes taken at us by many conservative politicians from time to time. Just last month Republican State Sen. Jim Forrester called Asheville a "cesspool of sin', but if the behavior demonstrated in this video is sinful, I'm all for it.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Oct 14, 2011 11:34:34 AM

  8. Straight person for gay marriage here. Much luck to you all in your struggle. It breaks my heart that although people desecrate the institution of marriage, people so deserving are denied this right. I think the demeanor of the lady at the desk clearly shows that she would love nothing more than to be able to see you again and issue your marriage license. What a pleasant, poised, professional young woman. Good luck to all of you; you are teaching your children well.

    Posted by: Victoria | Oct 18, 2011 2:35:46 PM

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