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Same-Sex Marriage Campaign Visits DeKalb Courthouse

Nobody was surprised when probate court clerks turned down five couples who tried to obtain marriage licenses on Monday afternoon. The We Do Campaign of the Campaign for Southern Equality organized the effort.

Five same-sex couples tried to obtain marriage licenses at the DeKalb County Courthouse on Monday in a campaign designed to draw attention to Georgia's laws prohibiting marriage between people of the same gender.

One after the other, five couples stepped up to the counter of the DeKalb Probate Court office and said they wanted marriage licenses.

Mary Jones, an employee, told Rob Anglin and Jens Palsgaard of Lithia Springs that Georgia law does not allow people of the same gender to marry.

Anglin and Palsgaard said they really loved each other and wanted to make it legal.

"I understand that, sir, but it's the law," Jones said.

Anglin said that Rosa Parks helped usher in a major change by refusing to give up her bus seat during the Montgomery bus boycott.

"This is how we're going to do it," Anglin said. "We have to bring awareness to the issue." As they turned away, one of them said, "We'll be back."

Reporters were on hand to document the five couples' efforts, having been alerted by We Do, an effort of the Campaign for Southern Equality.

After the couples were turned down, they walked out of the courthouse to be greeted with cheers from about 75 supporters waiting outside.

During the month of January, We Do is trying to obtain same-sex marriage licenses in other Southern cities, including Hattiesburg, Miss.; Mobile, Ala., Morristown, Tenn.; Greenville, S.C.; Asheville, Wilson and Wilmington, N.C.; Arlington, Va.; and Washington, D.C.

Dave January 09, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Hello, Are you really tinking of traveling to Maine to get married ? If so let me know how many are planning to attend and what your plans may be if you have not finalized details yet. I may be able to offer a beautiful venue on a golf course overlooking a lake about 35 miles from Portland. Best with your plans, Dave
jimmie January 09, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Pretty cheap real estate up there too.
electric123 April 07, 2013 at 07:20 AM
As this is a old article I ran across, I read in disgust of all the gay sympathizers who promote bad behavior as that what gay right's are to slide their way into mocking normality.
Sylvia W. April 07, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Thanks for reminding me to make a contribution to the Human Rights Campaign. I'm going to donate in your honor Charles...everyone deserves basic rights to family and love. www.hrc.org
Decaturette April 07, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Good idea! Make something positive come out of someone else's hate!

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