In the past few weeks, the new "We Do" campaign has been seeking to make its mark on North Carolina. In the state, same-sex couples are not allowed to marry, and in May 2012, a bill that, if successful, would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in the state, will be put to a ballot initiative vote.
So far, 18 gay and lesbian couples have participated in the "We Do" campaign, meaning that they have gone to the county's Register of Deeds office in Asheville, NC, requested a marriage license, and been denied the license.
The campaign is coordinated by the Campaign for Southern Equality. In a press release yesterday, the organization discussed its plans to intensify pro-marriage equality advocacy. In the release, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, the Executive Director of the organization (and a candidate for ordination in the United Church of Christ), explained the reasoning behind couples requesting a marriage license when they know it will not be granted:
There comes a time when you can no longer live as a second-class citizen and when you are called by your conscience to directly resist those laws that treat you as unequal. We are saying, simply, we are equal people and laws that treat us as unequal, must change. We will continue to resist them until they do.
Check out the well-produced, genuinely heartfelt video of couples requesting marriage licenses and being turned away after the jump.