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Activists Plan To Demand Marriage Licenses In Seven Southern States

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As part of a planned action by the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) yesterday, five lesbian couples applied for marriage licenses in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

The state of Mississippi passed a constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2004.

The women came to the courthouse as part of the CSE’s “We Do” campaign and, as expected, all the couples were turned away: “This takes an act of the legislature to change this,” Forrest County Circuit Clerk Lou Ellen Adams told WDAM Channel 7. “My oath of office, as circuit clerk , I have to take an oath that I have to up hold the laws of the state of Mississippi, and this law says that I can not issue this license.”

The CSE website explains activists will travel to seven Southern states–Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia–to request marriage licenses in order “to call for full equality under federal law and to resist unjust state laws.”

 

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jan 3, 2013
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  • 6 Comments
    • George M Melby, Pastor
      George M Melby, Pastor

      Absolutely ongoing support for all couples who want to marry legally, GLBT or straight! This will be an interesting year for sure (snicker, snicker)! All the best and Kudos!
      Blessings, Peace, Joy!

      Jan 3, 2013 at 11:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      “”
      “My oath of office, as circuit clerk , I have to take an oath that I have to up hold the laws of the state of Mississippi, and this law says that I can not issue this license.”

      ________________

      Just curious how many clerks in Mississippi will ignore that oath of DOMA falls and gay marriage becomes legal there.

      Jan 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ncman
      ncman

      @Cam: If Section 3 of DOMA falls (that’s the only section being challenged) it will have no effect on marriage in Mississippi. Section 3 only applies to the federal government recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where same-sex marriage is legal. There is another section of DOMA that allows states to ignore legal same-sex marriages that were performed in other states. And, that section is not being challenged.

      Jan 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA
      1EqualityUSA

      I’m so proud of all of you beautiful, brave, heroic people. It’s really an exciting time right now. Watching the GOP come to grips with this new reality is nothing short of entertaining. Good job CSE (Campaign for Southern Equality).

      Jan 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CaptainFabulous
      CaptainFabulous

      “My oath of office, as circuit clerk , I have to take an oath that I have to up hold the laws of the state of Mississippi, and this law says that I can not issue this license.”

      Unless of course it goes against my religion, at which point I’m forced to clutch my rosary beads and call my priest and Republican congressman for backup so I can refuse to do my job and not be fired.

      Jan 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jamesnimmo
      jamesnimmo

      What about Oklahoma which is also a southern state? Oklahoma’s version of DOMA, State Question 711, passed in 2004 with a 76% majority. While I certainly support same-gender marriage and am hoping that I and my partner of 35 years live long enough to see it and receive at least the SS survivor benefit, I don’t think these demonstrations will have any affect in these states that have passed their respective discriminatory laws.
      Old time religion and its demons will see to that.

      Jan 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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