NORTH CAROLINA: Lesbian Arrested In Marriage Protest In Winston-Salem
A North Carolina lesbian was arrested for trespassing yesterday after she refused to leave the Winston-Salem city office where she and her partner had applied for a marriage license.
The civil disobedience followed a day after President Barack Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage, and two days after North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman. The protest came amid attempts by a gay rights group, Campaign for Southern Equality, to broaden public support to allow same-sex marriage and more protests are planned in coming days at other county offices in North Carolina that issue marriage licenses. Nine gay and lesbian couples each presented completed forms and identification to a clerk at the local Register of Deeds office in Winston-Salem, but were refused because state law recognizes only heterosexual couples.If you dare, there are already over 500 comments at the above-linked CBS News story.