Gay couples apply for marriage license in Decatur, get denied

The Decatur rally followed Supreme Court's announcement that they would hear two gay marriage cases

Five same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses at the Probate Court at the Dekalb County courthouse in Decatur as part of the WE DO campaign. It happened on the same day that the Supreme Court announced it would hear two gay marriage cases in late March.

The WE DO campaign calls for "for full equality under federal law for LGBT individuals and families."

Beyond just creating awareness about marriage equality, the campaign is also focused on legal protection for LGBT citizens, protecting them from being fired from their jobs, getting denied housing, or facing eviction because of their sexual preference.

The civil rights group, which is organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality, will move to several other Southern states in the coming days before ending at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Roughly 100 people marched silently from the Decatur Public Library to the Dekalb County courthouse. Outside the building, the Rev. Joe Hoffman led an inner-faith prayer circle.

"We gather today to celebrate love and to call for equality," Hoffman said as the group held hands in a wide circle.

Afterwards, the five same-sex couples entered the courthouse, passing under a sign that read "marriage and pistol licenses," and entered the marriage licenses office. The couples entered the room two at a time and approached the desk to request a license.

"We can't give a marriage license for same-sex marriage," Elizabeth Lewis, probate court supervisor, told Daphine Green and Kimberly Green. The Oakhurst couple, who have been together for three years, said that they would be back on "another day."

Rob Anglin and his partner Jens Palsgaard followed with their own request for a marriage license, but were also denied by the Probate Court.

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