It sounds like the setup to a joke doesn't it? Three lesbian couples walked into a North Carolina registrar's office and... Sadly, the punchline is no laughing matter. The couples knew they'd be rejected by the state and they were.
The demonstration was intended to draw attention to what participants say are unjust and intolerant laws, as well as challenge a proposed amendment to the North Carolina constitution that would ban marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. North Carolina voters will get to decide the amendment's fate in May.
The unsuccessful applicants, surrounded by about a dozen supporters, kicked off The Campaign of Southern Equality's We Do Campaign, which will continue through Oct. 14.
Even though Cartledge understood that her application with Eve would be rejected, she didn't anticipate her intense emotional reaction to denial.
"But when I heard the rejection out loud, it took away my breath," said Cartledge, an ordained United Church of Christ minister. "It took my heart."
The campaign says it has a dozen couples who will be asking for licenses this month at various registrar's offices. They plan to expand the campaign to all of the southern states next year.
The article quotes a spokesperson from one of the North Carolina religious fundie orgs who says she thinks the campaign will backfire and end up helping the amendment pass the popular vote. What do you think? Will it do more damage than it helps? It seems pretty innocuous to me.