Gays in Asheville, many of whom are reverends, are going to request marriage licenses from Buncombe County. They will continue to importune until the officials break down and break state laws, or the state breaks down and – oh, bother, Pooh!
Asheville, NC – At 12 PM on October 3, 2011, Reverend Kathryn Cartledge and Elizabeth Eve, her partner of thirty years, will request a marriage license at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office in Asheville, NC. Rev. Cartledge and Ms. Eve will be joined by two other same-sex couples who will request licenses and a group of supporters including Representative Susan Fisher, Representative Patsy Keever, Asheville City Council Member Gordon Smith, and Reverend Joe Hoffman.
Rev. Cartledge and Ms. Eve will be denied a license because they are two women and current North Carolina law forbids issuing a license to same-sex couples. They are prepared for this response, and will be back again to request a license on another day as part of the WE DO Campaign, which calls for full equality under the law for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
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