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Same-sex couple makes ceremonial request for marriage license in Morristown
WATE.com (Knoxville TN) ^ | 1/9/13 | Alexis Zotos

Posted on 01/09/2013 6:16:12 PM PST by madprof98

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - A same-sex couple applied for a marriage license in Morristown Wednesday, despite a state law that won't recognize their union.

It's part of an effort by a group called the Campaign for Southern Equality.

In a procession surrounded by friends and family, Matt Griffin and Raymie Wolfe made their way to the county clerk's desk in a ceremonial request for a marriage license.

"Based on Tennessee law, I will not be able to issue a marriage license," the clerk told the couple.

It was the answer they expected, but it was still an important step for the group.

"The reason Matthew and Raymie did this today was to show what happens when these laws get enforced and hurt real people that live here," said Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara.

Matt and Raymie live in White Pine and grew up in the South. And while on Wednesday they were met with no protests, that's not always been the case.

"That's the hard reality. We live here in the South. That's why we also think it's so important to stand up and make ourselves known," Wolfe said. "We're going to get more of that unless we say, 'We're staying. We're here.'"

That's the effort of the WE DO campaign, traveling across Southern cities in the fight for marriage equality.

"This is a part of our country where people do know how to stand up to unjust laws and we take great humility by studying other movements, the civil rights movement, and how it takes people standing up again and again," said Rev. Beach-Ferrara.

Because while each lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couple throughout the campaign will hear the same answer, Matt and Raymie say it's about their support systems make the fight worth it.

"I think that 'no' pales in comparison to that support and seeing that it is what makes me believe we will win this eventually, because that was more much powerful than anything anyone behind a counter could say," Matt said.

The Hamblen County Clerk says this is the first time she has ever been asked for a marriage license by a gay couple.

The WE DO campaign started its journey in Mississippi and is traveling for the rest of the month throughout Southern states as they make their way up to Washington, D.C.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: gaymarriage; gaystapotactics; homosexualagenda; judicialactivism; lavendermafia
Beyond parody. You have to see the video on the site. The "minister" who accompanies this pair will probably end up doing marriages in the National Cathedral.
1 posted on 01/09/2013 6:16:22 PM PST by madprof98
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A good way to stop lesbian weddings is to object that they're just to hard on the carpet.
2 posted on 01/09/2013 6:18:38 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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In Texas, the Lavender Mafia has concocted another scheme. Two homosexualist women from another state sought a divorce in Texas where their "same sex marriage" is not even recognized by the State. They found a friendly judge to push their agenda that much further to getting Texas to recognize out of state same sex marriages even though the couple in question claim to be seeking a DIVORCE.

It ain't about love. It ain't about marriage. It ain't about equality. It's about tearing down this nation's "patriarchal and religious" institutions.

3 posted on 01/09/2013 6:40:38 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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In Texas, the Lavender Mafia has concocted another scheme. Two homosexualist women from another state sought a divorce in Texas where their "same sex marriage" is not even recognized by the State. They found a friendly judge to push their agenda that much further to getting Texas to recognize out of state same sex marriages even though the couple in question claim to be seeking a DIVORCE.

It ain't about love. It ain't about marriage. It ain't about equality. It's about tearing down this nation's "patriarchal and religious" institutions.

4 posted on 01/09/2013 6:40:45 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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5 posted on 01/09/2013 7:02:10 PM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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In a procession surrounded by friends and family, Matt Griffin and Raymie Wolfe made their way to the county clerk’s desk in a ceremonial request for a marriage license.

That is the problam right there FReepers.
Because of the love these families and friends have for their children and friends , and because of the decaying morals in this country, they are accepting the perverted sex practices of these people.Enough of them that we are passing laws toallow these sick people to become united in some sort of faux performance they call a marriage.

What used to sicken parents when they realised their kids were sick they now think they can make right by accepting their sickness.


6 posted on 01/09/2013 7:37:35 PM PST by Venturer
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To: madprof98; Revolting cat!
In Japan, there are ceremonies for failing.


7 posted on 01/09/2013 7:39:31 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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Don’t make the mistake that all parents embrace same sex relationships (rather than shrugging and accepting their offspring in spite of bad relationship choices).

An article on wedding photographers mentioned that same sex couples often have to go with specialized photographers since the parents and extended family (grandparents, siblings, etc) are not always present for the standard “album photos” and the photographer needs to be able to design posed situations that will mean something to those in the pictures.


8 posted on 01/09/2013 7:44:58 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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