Same-sex Couples, Clergy Stand for LGBT Equality in North Carolina as WE DO Campaign
October 12, 2011 by Sharon Groves, Director, Religion and Faith Program
I wanted to share some exciting developments in the faith community in North Carolina. The following guest blog comes from Jasmine Beach-Ferrara with the Campaign for Southern Equality:
At 12pm today, Elli and Viviana, holding their newborn daughter, approached the counter of the Buncombe County, NC Register of Deeds Office. The couple was wed before 120 family and friends and seeks the right to legally marry. Current North Carolina law prohibits them from doing so and, as a result, their marriage license application was denied. They were joined by over twenty supporters including Rev. Joe Hoffman of First Congregational Church and Rev. Mark Ward and Rev. Lisa Kemper, both of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, NC.
Viviana and Elli join nineteen other couples who have participated in the WE DO Campaign since its launch on October 3, 2011. Eighteen couples have been denied licenses. The couples were all prepared for this response and will be back again to request a license on October 14th as the WE DO Campaign intensifies its effort to resist unjust and harmful laws. Two other couples have successfully recorded their legal marriage licenses from other states at the office during the campaign.
On October 14, the final day of this phase of the campaign, Rev. Joe Hoffman and Rev. Cartledge will lead a public, interfaith blessing of all LGBT families at Roger McGuire Green, in front of the Buncombe County Courthouse. They will be joined by clergy from across faith traditions and from across the country. And the campaign’s first video, chronicling the experiences of couples as they are denied licenses, has been viewed by over 5,500 people in the 24 hours since its release yesterday.
The WE DO Campaign will be expanding to other communities in North Carolina in other Southern states in 2012.