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Lesbian Couple of 30 Years Arrested in North Carolina After Being Denied Marriage License: VIDEO


Last week I wrote about North Carolina's 'We Do' campaign and the protests that have been going on to raise awareness about inequality in that state.

On Friday, Rev. Kathryn Cartledge and Elizabeth Eve, her partner of 30 years, were arrested after refusing to leave the office of the Buncombe County Register of Deeds after being denied a marriage license.

Check out an amazing video from the 'We Do' campaign showing their arrest, AFTER THE JUMP...

Qnotes reported:

The civil disobedience was the culmination of a two-week-long campaign organized by the Coalition for Southern Equality and comes as campaigns form to defeat an anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment on marriage and civil unions. About two dozen same-sex couples have been denied marriage licenses over the course of the group’s “We Do” Campaign. The group organized several couples in requesting the licenses each weekday since Oct. 3.

Coalition for Southern Equality Executive Director Jasmine Beach-Ferrara has described her group’s campaign as a social justice movement. She says it is time to demand full equality for LGBT people.

Watch the We Do campaign's powerful video, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. This is what we need more of!

    Posted by: Jesus | Oct 17, 2011 11:33:11 AM

  2. This is the kind of activism that can more easily convince people that there is an injustice towards the LGBT community....

    Posted by: George F | Oct 17, 2011 11:58:32 AM

  3. and their arrest accomplished what exactly. Way to go North KKKarolina

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Oct 17, 2011 12:16:09 PM

  4. Great to see people making a stand! Extraordinary that this 30-years-and-counting lesbian couple are denied a marriage license yet straight couples who know each other for a couple of days can rush into marriages and divorces within months. Sacred my butt.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 17, 2011 12:27:06 PM

  5. I just love to see videos like this and to see people taking action. I am so incredibly lucky to have married when it was allowable in San Francisco because now I have a wonderful husband and a 4YO son and I thank the stars every day for such happiness. I can't wait for all gay people to be able to share their lives openly and not face hate and discrimination. I promise you North Carolina I will economically boycott your State and support the Campaign for Southern Equality at every opportunity.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Oct 17, 2011 12:37:10 PM

  6. I'm excited by this group of activists: they are on-message and they are getting attention. CBC Radio in Canada this morning mentioned them on the show, Q, for instance. Instead of narrowly fighting the proposed constitutional amendment in NC, they're going on the offensive and demanding rights. Good work, folks, especially to the lesbians who are willing to be the face of the campaign.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 17, 2011 12:44:40 PM

  7. I hope they're proud of themselves, arresting two nice ladies like that. Guess it makes them feel more like God-fearing heterosexual men.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 17, 2011 1:16:49 PM

  8. I fully support this consciousness-raising campaign of civil disobedience, carried out in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther KIng, Jr. It puts the glitter-bombers to shame!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Oct 17, 2011 1:22:01 PM

  9. Yo go ladies!! Civil disobedience is true commitment and in the spirit of all great social justice movements that WORKED.

    Does anyone know where we can send money to help them financially?

    Posted by: Rin | Oct 17, 2011 2:01:30 PM

  10. I am a single, straight Southern woman and I support EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL AMERICANS! including the right to marry the person they love regardless of gender.

    Listen y'all: if you are against allowing Gays and Lesbians to marry, then don't marry one of them yourself! No one is forcing you to do something repugnant to you. And how does it possibly hurt you in any way? Many of them are already living together and may live next door to you. So what difference could it possibly make to you if they choose to marry?

    Turn your backs from hatred. Practice Christian love and charity and support equal rights for all Americans. NOW!

    Posted by: Kathryn Boussemart | Oct 17, 2011 2:46:42 PM

  11. "It puts the glitter-bombers to shame!"

    No, it doesn't. There can be more than one kind of activism. In fact, there must be.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 17, 2011 3:14:47 PM

  12. time to boycott north carolina and all businesses from there. it is past time to use the almighty dollar to achieve equality.

    Posted by: walter | Oct 17, 2011 5:57:32 PM

  13. @RIN:

    If you want to donate, go to .


    Posted by: liz | Oct 17, 2011 8:52:25 PM

  14. @Walter: then we'd also need to boycott the other 30+ states and the federal government, all of which forbid marriage equality. I have zero financial interest in North Carolina, but it's unfair to assume that every business there supports the views expressed in the proposed amendment or the actions of these police.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 18, 2011 12:57:47 AM

  15. keep doing what you guys are doing.You are changing the world for the better.

    Posted by: adrian | Oct 18, 2011 3:55:30 AM

  16. @Liz

    Thanks! This is the way things get done. I'm happy to financially support people who are willing to sacrifice their freedom so that others might have equality.

    No rancor, no ugliness, just firmly entrenched activism.

    Posted by: Rin | Oct 18, 2011 2:55:04 PM

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