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.”