VIDEO: Ga. same-sex couples denied marriage licenses in peaceful action
Five gay couples lined up and asked for marriage licenses in Decatur, Ga., today, and all were denied, as expected, because Georgia prohibits marriage for same-sex couples. The couples were participating in the "We Do" action, one of many organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality, which seeks to bring Southern states into the national conversation about marriage equality. While the couples knew they would be denied a marriage license because of Georgia's state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples, they all said they wanted to put a face on LGBT people in the state who are treated as second-class citizens because of who they love. A group of more than 60 people, including the five couples, marched quietly from the Decatur Public Library to the DeKalb Courthouse. On the lawn of the courthouse, everyone gathered in a prayer circle as clergy from various denominations gave words of encouragement and blessings. The couples, along with attorneys with the Campaign for Southern Equality and Lambda Legal's Southeastern Office based in Atlanta, then made their way to the Probate Court Clerk's office in the basement of the building where, interestingly, pistol licenses are also issued.