San Diego's 10News reports that 13 people have been arrested at a sit-in at the San Diego County Clerk's office after two gay couples tried and failed to obtain marriage licenses:
"Thirteen people were arrested Thursday during a protest and sit-in outside the San Diego County Clerk’s Office after same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses, 10News reported.
Four protesters were taken into custody for blocking a door in the County Administration Building. It is unknown what the other nine were arrested for.
Two gay couples showed up for their scheduled appointments to obtain a marriage license. Both couples were denied, according to 10News reporter Rachel Bianco.."
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The San Diego Union Tribune has more. They say 12 were taken into custody:
"Tony and Tyler Dylan-Hyde and at least one other couple came to the county clerk's office this morning at 8 a.m. asking to receive their marriage license.
'We believe that county officials and the Attorney General have the authority and the obligation to allow marriage licenses to proceed based on both federal court findings and that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional and the governor's filings in Prop. 8 cases,' Tyler Dylan-Hyde said. 'We are asking you to do what's right.' Three heterosexual couples had approached for their scheduled appointments this morning. The group refused to move and allow the couples access to the office.
Deputies repeatedly asked the protesters to move before removing the initial three participants of the sit-in in plastic handcuffs.
County Clerk David Butler had asked the sit-in group to move and allow the public access to the office around 9 a.m. The group refused, saying they were protecting their civil rights.
Shouting, 'We shall not be moved. No equality. No business as usual,' two members of the group said they were disappointed they could not get married today."
The sit-in was organized by San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME), which posted a Facebook page regarding the protest, as well as several bulletins on its website regarding the planned action.