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Lesbian Seeking Marriage Documents Arrested In NC

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File photo of a marriage license receipt. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

File photo of a marriage license receipt. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A lesbian and her heterosexual ally are facing charges because they wouldn’t leave a North Carolina marriage license office after being rejected under a state law that bans gay marriage.

The civil disobedience Thursday in Winston-Salem comes a day after President Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage, and two days after North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman.

The orchestrated demonstration repeated a pattern created by the gay rights group Campaign for Southern Equality, which is trying to push public opinion to allow gay marriage

Nine gay and lesbian couples each presented completed forms and identifications to a clerk at the Forsyth County Register of Deeds office. They were refused because state law recognizes only heterosexual couples.

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