Same Sex Marriage Debate
A same sex couple in the mountains applied for a marriage license Tuesday, and was denied.
The McDowell county couple gathered with supporters on the courthouse lawn, as those protesting same sex marriage held a traditional marriage rally. The couple, Keisha and Dericka, then entered the Register of Deeds office and were denied a marriage license. Same sex marriage is illegal in North Carolina.
But, the couple says the act was a way to ask for marriage equality. "It's frustrating and disheartening you know," says Dericka Burleson, who applied for the license. "I do believe in McDowell County. It's a great city, a great place for me to have grown up. I was hoping they'd accept it or at least write denied on it," she adds.
The couple's action was part of the ongoing "We Do" campaign where same-sex couples have tried to get a marriage license in the mountains and across the state.
Despite being denied a marriage license in North Carolina, the couple will be married on a federal level, after getting married in D.C. later this week.
By: Ingrid Allstaedt
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