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Same-sex couples to apply for NC marriage license

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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

In an effort to resist state laws that prohibit same-sex marriage, a couple of 30 years applied for a marriage license in Asheville Monday.

Reverend Kathryn Cartledge and Elizabeth Eve applied for the license at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office at noon on Monday, knowing their application would be rejected.

The act was apart of the WE DO Campaign by the Campaign for Southern Equality that is running until Oct. 14. The campaign will take place across North Carolina.

Cartledge and Eve were joined by two other same-sex couples requesting licenses, according to the Campaign for Southern Equality.

The group said that the couples will return again to ask for licenses.

The campaign said that on Oct. 14, Cartledge and another reverend will lead a public, interfaith blessing of LGBT families at Roger McGuire Green in front of the Buncombe County Courthouse.

The WE DO Campaign is a response to an ongoing debate related to a proposed ban of gay marriage in North Carolina.

The proposed constitutional amendment would officially ban same-sex marriage. North Carolina's senate decide that voters will vote on the amendment in the May primary election.

The state law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but amendment supporters argue traditional marriage would be better protected against potential legal challenges by same-sex couples in six other states.

Copyright 2011 FOX Carolina. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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