In response to North Carolina’s passing of Amendment One, same-sex couples from all over the state have been pouring into marriage license offices demanding licenses, knowing they will fail.
At the Register of Deeds office in Winston-Salem, nine gay and lesbian couples tried to get marriage licenses. When she and her partner were denied, Mary Jamis stuck around rather than vacating the area, saying she refused to leave until she was granted her constitutional right to get married.
Jamis and a friend blocked the entrance to the marriage license office and refused to leave half an hour after it closed. They were arrested and then charged with second-degree trespass, then released without bond.
Oy. It will not be like this forever. One day, hopefully soon, we will evolve to a point where people can marry the person they love without risking arrest. We’ll get there.