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Gay marriage rights
group forms in N.C.
FIGHTING EQUALITY | A crowd gathers for a rally in support of a state constitutional amendment recog-
nizing marriage between a man and a woman as the only domestic legal union, on Halifax Mall behind the
Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C., on Sept. 12. LGBT activists in the state have announced a new effort
to fight the amendment and existing anti-gay-marriage laws. (Ted Richardson/Associated Press)
'We Do' will go beyond fighting
anti-gay-marriage amendment to
target state law already banning
TOM BREEN I Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. — A gay rights group
launched a campaign Monday, Oct. 1 in
Asheville that seeks to go beyond opposition to
a May referendum question on constitutionally
barring same-sex marriage by targeting current
state law that already forbids such unions.
The Campaign for Southern Equality kicked
off its "We Do" effort by having three same^Sex
couples unsuccessfully attempt to obtain mar-
riage licenses from the Buncombe County Reg-
ister of Deeds. Organizers and participants
knew they'd be denied the licenses, since North
Carolina state law already forbids same-sex
couples from marrying.
The point, they say, is to draw attention to the
human consequences of the law and, as with
the civil rights movement, create a situation
where the federal government intervenes to
change state laws.
"What we're calling for is full federal equal-
ity and we're sending a very consistent mes-
sage that these laws are on the books right now
and they're immoral," said Jasmine Beach-Fer-
rara, executive director of the? group, which
plans to expand their efforts across North Car-
olina and the South in 2012.
The Asheville campaign includes plans for
over a dozen couples to repeatedly apply for
marriage licenses until Oct. 14, accompanied in
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