A lesbian couple has been denied a marriage license in Marion County, North Carolina.
A same-sex couple has been denied a marriage license in Marion County, North Carolina, reports Campaign For Southern Equality.
The action was part of the WE DO campaign where same-sex couples have tried to get a marriage license across the state.
Although an estimated 150 anti-gay protesters turned out at the McDowell County Register of Deeds’ Office, the couple – Keisha and Dericka – was surrounded by friends and supporters and received a blessing from Rev. Christy Corna, who will officiate their wedding ceremony on September 6th.
Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, said:
“This is what courage looks like–for Keisha and Dericka and their friends to stand up publicly for equality when there is so much pressure to stay silent, when you are outnumbered by those who are protesting you.”
After the license was refused, Dericka said:
“I hope that what we did today can help my future children have a better life. I hope that no child has to encounter some of the struggles I have.”
Despite being denied a state marriage license, the couple plans to marry in Washington, D.C., later this week.
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