This tactic, used by pro-SSM activists, reminds us of why North Carolina needs the Marriage Protection Amendment which will be voted upon tomorrow: when activists employ such tactics, what will be standing to defend marriage? Statutory law, or a Constitutional Amendment approved by a majority of North Carolinians?
On May 8th, North Carolinians will decide on a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. Beginning the next morning, the WE DO Campaign will visit eight counties where more than forty LGBT couples will apply for marriage licenses in their local communities, with clergy, elected officials, family, and community members accompanying them in support. The couples will be denied licenses because they do not meet the legal requirements for marriage in North Carolina, which stipulate that partners must be of the opposite sex. In each community, the WE DO event will also include a Prayer Service for Reconciliation led by clergy. In select counties, couples and allies will conduct a sit-in at the Register of Deeds Office after the denials occur, as a peaceful act of civil disobedience. -- Southern Equality