- Category: LGBT Issues
- Published on Saturday, 12 May 2012 12:16
- Written by Lara Landis
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Nine Gay and Lesbian couples applied for a marriage license in a Winston-Salem government office. The Lesbian couples engaged in a protest of the new marriage law. The protest, which attracted little attention outside of a county office, resulted in the arrest of one couple. The couple was told that the office could not issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. The couple refused to leave until they received a marriage license. Police handcuffed the woman and charged her with trespassing, according to CBS News.
Campaign for Southern Equality has encouraged Gay and Lesbian couples to apply for marriage licenses as an act of civil disobedience. The arrest that occurred in this particular process occurred the day after President Obama announced support of same sex marriage.
South Carolina’s constitutional amendment makes traditional marriage laws uniform in many southern states. Similar laws, such as California’s Proposition 8, faces legal challenges.