ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A campaign to raise awareness on anti-LGBT laws prohibiting marriage between same-sex couples has entered its second week. The “We Do” Campaign by the Coalition for Southern Equality organized more than a dozen couples last week who attempted to obtain marriage licenses at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds. Each were denied.

Campaign participants Kadee and Ashley, with their newborn daughter, attempted to obtain a marriage license on Oct. 7. Photo Credit: Coalition for Southern Equality.

On Monday, three more couples will request marriage licenses as the state’s citizens continue to debate a proposed anti-LGBT constitutional amendment that would ban marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

Organizers say each of the couples deserve to have their relationships legally recognized. Current law, they say, is just as discriminatory as the proposed amendment.

“The couples taking part in the WE DO Campaign are doing so as an act of conscience, saying these laws are immoral and unjust and they must change,” Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the group, said in a release.

The campaign has come under fire from anti-LGBT activists and the state’s lead proponent for the amendment. Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, has said the campaign proves a need for the amendment and called it a “strategic mistake” on the part of LGBT organizers.

The We Do Campaign will continue through Friday, Oct. 14, and will end with a public, interfaith blessing of all LGBT families. The blessing will be followed by a public action and civil disobedience.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.