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Rev. Kathryn Cartledge And Elizabeth Eve, Lesbian Couple Of 30 Years, Arrested After WE DO Campaign Protest For Gay Marriage In North Carolina

First Posted: 10/17/11 04:51 PM ET Updated: 12/17/11 05:12 AM ET

Southern Equality's WE DO campaign has unveiled another video (see above) designed to draw attention to the battle for legalizing gay marriage in North Carolina.

Last week the group released a clip of LGBT couples being turned away as they applied to be married at the Register of Deeds in Asheville, North Carolina.

Last Friday the two week awareness raising campaign came to a close, but not before two elderly women were arrested for civil disobedience.

The couple, Rev. Kathryn Cartledge and Elizabeth Eve, who have been together for 30 years, were among the first couples to request a license, reports QNotes.

They returned on Friday and were arrested after they sat on the floor and refused to leave without a license.

“Today's action is about real people saying, I will no longer live as a second-class citizen in my country,” Beach-Ferrara said in a statement following the arrests on Friday. “Kathryn and Elizabeth have devoted their lives to public service and to the values of love and fairness. Today, they stand up not just for their right to be marry, but for all LGBT people who know first hand how harmful these laws are. We are saying, simply, we are equal people. Laws that treat us as unequal must change. We will continue to resist them until they do.”

Residents of North Carolina will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages -- as well as civil unions -- next May.

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