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Posted: 3:03 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012
By Peter Daut
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Signs of civil disobedience are cropping up across the state after Amendment One passed, defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.
It's part of a campaign called We Do, and it's happening in Charlotte, too.
For the past 19 years, Tyrene Davis and Kim Phillips have been inseparable. The Lincolnton couple share rings, a home and seven children, but the one thing they do not share is a legal marriage.
“I think everybody deserves equal rights,” Davis said. “I don't care who you are, what color you are (or) where you’re from. We just deserve the same rights as everybody else.”
Days after North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment One, the couple decided to protest by applying for a marriage license at the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office.
On Thursday, two women were arrested in Winston-Salem for refusing to leave a register of deed's office after their request was denied.
Mecklenburg County's register of deeds said every statute from the General Assembly is constitutional unless proven otherwise.
“So I can't jump out and say, 'I believe it's unconstitutional, therefore I won't enforce it.' I can't do that,’” said David Granberry, register of deeds.
Even though they knew what would happen, Davis and Phillips still wanted to make a statement.
Still, the couple left hopeful that one day, they will be married.
“I really love her. For 19 years,” Phillips said. “And we've raised a family together, and we've raised a strong family together, and we're nothing like people portray us.”
On Tuesday, several more same-sex couples are expected to go to the Register of Deeds Office to apply for marriage licenses as part of the campaign.
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