S.C. same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses

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Three lesbian couples plan to apply for marriage licenses in Greenville, S.C., on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18, part of a continuing campaign for equality across the South.

The Campaign for Southern Equality is organizing the We Do civil rights initiative seeking to promote equality at the state and federal level.

Greenville was chosen for this week’s action because South Carolina will host the next presidential primary on Jan. 21.

According to a news release from the campaign, Alyssa Weaver and Michel McIver will go to the Greenville County Probate Court at 3 p.m. Jan. 17 to request a marriage license. South Carolina law prohibits a clerk from issuing a license and federal law prohibits any recognition of same-sex marriage.

On Jan. 18, two more couples – Misha Gibson and her partner Ivy Hil and Erin King and her partner Sam Dawkins – will request marriage licenses in Greenville.

On both days, a prayer service will take place outside the probate court office. The campaign invited all the candidates for the Republican nomination for president, but none have accepted.

“LGBT people and families live all across South Carolina and the South, yet do so as second-class citizens,” said CSE executive director Jasmine Beach-Ferrara. “The people taking part in the We Do Campaign are standing up to say, we are equal and discriminatory laws must change on the federal level.”