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Gay Couples Denied Marriage Licenses In Greenville, South Carolina: VIDEO


Last week, six gay and lesbian couples applied for marriage licenses at a local courthouse in Greenville, South Carolina, knowing full well that their requests would immediately be denied. And they were.

The protest campaign, named "We Do" and spearheaded by the Campaign for Southern Equality, was inspired by Monday's decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down Virginia’s gay marriage ban. That ruling has jurisdiction over South Carolina.

The very next day, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said he would continue to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Greenville2The Greenville News reports on other movements in the state:

On Wednesday S.C. Equality announced a petition drive to encourage Wilson to change his mind. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Hooper announced on Monday he would not defend North Carolina's ban.

"Instead of spending money on our state's crumbling infrastructure or improving education and access to healthcare in our state, Attorney General Wilson plans to waste our tax dollars defending a ban that will ultimately be struck down," said Ryan Wilson, S.C. Equality executive director.

You can sign the petition here.

According to the Campaign for Southern Equality, roughly 150 people showed up to counter-protest the gay and lesbian couples during the "We Do" event.

Watch a WSAV-TV news segment about it all, AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. This is exactly what we need to force their hand and get a final ruling from the 4th that will allow full access to everyone on Aug 12.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Aug 3, 2014 11:04:40 AM

  2. Where can we get the-shirt? Great Conflict promotion for their clothing line...

    Posted by: rochon | Aug 3, 2014 11:27:05 AM

  3. I've been to the prison, that is, Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. It wasn't long ago that they finally approved of interracial marriage and that's only because they were going to lose funding. Bob Jones Sr. would have shut down the school before letting that happen.

    Posted by: Richard Harney | Aug 3, 2014 3:13:17 PM

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