Lesbian Couple Arrested in North Carolina for Seeking Marriage License
Last week we shared a video from the Campaign for Southern Equality’s We DO project, in which many same-sex couples filmed their denials by North Carolina clerks when applying for marriage licenses. The clerks were sweet as pecan pie, and sincerely seemed to regret the state law that barred them from granting these couples a legal marriage.
One couple in particular pulled at our heartstrings the hardest. In a heartbreaking moment caught on film, the couple asked the clerk, “We’ve been together for 25 years. We’re in our mid 60′s. Can you tell us what steps we might take to become full and equal citizens under the law before we die? Can you help us with that?”
But no, no they could not help the ladies with that.
Today we have a new video of another pair of brave women, this time being arrested in the politest act of civil disobedience we’ve ever seen. After being denied a marriage license, Rev. Kathryn Cartledge and Elizabeth Eve sat down on the floor of the clerk’s office and quietly stated that they refused to leave without being granted a license. The women had after all already been in a committed relationship with one another for 30 years – longer than the far majority of heterosexual applicants.
You’ll have to watch the video yourself to see how it all pans out. But you might want to grab a tissue before pressing play.
Thank you so much to the Campaign for Southern Equality and all of the brave families that participated in this peaceful protest. Your message was heard loud and clear by many across the world.