Lesbian Seeking Marriage License Arrested in NC
Nine gay couples turned away from registry office
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2012 2:13 AM CDT
Updated May 11, 2012 4:31 AM CDT
A couple holding two children are refused a marriage license at the Forsyth County Register of Deeds office in Winston-Salem.   (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

(Newser) – A lesbian who refused to leave a North Carolina government office without a wedding license was taken away in handcuffs yesterday after what organizers say was the first of many protests against the state's newly passed gay marriage ban. After a march through downtown Winston-Salem, nine gay and lesbian couples—some of them with their children—presented completed forms and identification to the local Register of Deeds office but were refused a license, reports AP.

"My wife and I have been together for nine years," one woman told the clerk after asking him to write "denied" on the application form. "We have been together through a natural disaster—we came from New Orleans. We have been together from the day we met each other, unwavering. And one day, I hope that you guys will accept us." Mary Jamis, 52, and a heterosexual friend were arrested, and charged with second-degree trespass after staging a sit-in when Jamis was denied a marriage license.

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May 11, 2012 1:55 PM CDT
Why would you care about getting married in the first place?
May 11, 2012 9:20 AM CDT
Marriage is a RELIGIOUS institution which, for vastly outdated reasons, society has decided to accept as a norm. It's time to give it back to the churches, and time to stop conceding the "sacrament" ANY legal status at all; it is also time to deny churches the right to act on behalf of the state in this and many other matters - such as education and welfare. Only civil unions should be recognized as having legal standing; marriage should only bestow the blessing of the religious institutions on a pre-existing condition, if the individuals so wish. No civil rights of any shape or form should flow from it, or be limited by it. This arrangement has functioned successfully in France and many other countries for two centuries. We, on the other hand, are so plagued by religious bigotries that we just can't make it work - so far. Marriage has been a very successful way for religious institutions to control behavior and maintain power.
May 11, 2012 8:55 AM CDT
This AP story was not picked up by the local media here in NC. Hmmm. The cowards put this ammendment on the ballot in the primary. NC has a closed primary. You have to register with a party affiliation to vote in the primary.