Five Mississippi-based lesbian couples say they are proud of their actions after applying for marriage licenses knowing full well they would be rejected.
As the Associated Press reported, the move was part of the a national same-sex marriage campaign spearheaded by the Campaign for Southern Equality. The campaign will bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples to Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia over the month of January to apply for marriage licenses. Their next stop is Mobile, Ala.
Each the couples applied individually for a marriage license, but were immediately denied by Forrest County Circuit Clerk Lou Ellen Adams, according to the Hattiesburg American.
“I had to abide by the law,” Adams is quoted as telling each of the couples. “The state of Mississippi does not allow me to issue a license to persons of the same gender.”
She went on to note, "I appreciate you all understanding where I’m coming from."
Though at least one of the couples had already tied the knot in Connecticut, the group said they felt it was important to stand up for the right to marry in their home state.
"We struggle with healthcare benefits, we struggle with housing issues, and mortgages and insurance," Sara Bell told WAFB. "There is so many things that a marriage grants to couples that we don't have the rights to."