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Three South Carolina Gay Couples to Request Marriage Licenses and Be Denied This Week: VIDEO


Protest is brewing in South Carolina as three gay couples plan to ask the state for marriage licenses on January 17th and 18th in Greenville:

Alyssa Weaver and Michel McIver, along with the other two couples, know their request will be denied, because in 2006, the state passed a constitutional amendment not just banning gay marriage, but any other type of domestic union. But Weaver said she wants to call attention to the fundamental unfairness of denying her the ability to marry the woman who in their three years together supported her through breast cancer and has helped her as she goes through nursing school.

It's a campaign that's already had a run in North Carolina:

Weaver and McIver and the other couples are being supported by the Campaign for Southern Equality, which backed about 20 same-sex couples in Asheville, N.C., who also sought marriage licenses knowing they would be denied. But North Carolina has never passed a ban on gay marriage, while South Carolina voters spoke emphatically about the issue.

Watch as Mike and Alyssa (top photo) tell their story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Excellent work! Thanks a lot for this post.

    Posted by: term papers | Jan 16, 2012 12:47:59 PM

  2. Hate to sound like a broken (homophobic) record here, but has this couple considered how ill-timed their move is? The SC primary is only days away. It doesn't make much sense to give SC Republican voters another reason to wonder if Romney is really opposed to gay marriage or will come out in favor of it (or civil unions) once he's president. A heating up of the culture wars in the South will help Santorum - the candidate that SC Republican voters really OUGHT to be choosing, based on their cultural outlook.

    Strategy, folks, strategy. But....whatever.

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 16, 2012 1:31:26 PM

  3. I love it. MEUSA has been organizing these events for years. We've held more radical events in San Diego over the past three years that have included civil disobedience and some arrests. Any action that gets attention creates a conversation and more awareness. On the day after MLK holiday, it makes me even more irate when folks like Mary suggest that being quiet is somehow "strategic", being quiet is being complicit not strategic. For inspiration check out SAME's archive - or or

    Posted by: Sean Bohac | Jan 17, 2012 1:24:12 PM

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