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Same sex couples to ask for marriage licenses in Upstate

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Three same sex couples plan to go to the Greenville County courthouse this week to ask for marriage licenses. 

Alyssa Weaver and Michel McIver, along with the other two couples, know their request will be denied. In 2006, 78 percent of voters in South Carolina supported a constitutional amendment not just banning gay marriage, but any other type of domestic union. 

But Weaver said she wants to call attention to the fundamental unfairness of denying her the ability to marry the woman who in their three years together supported her through breast cancer and has helped her as she goes through nursing school.

The three couples will apply for the licenses on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the WE DO Campaign. Though their licenses will be denied, the campaign said they couples will be joined by group of supporters including local clergy and community members.

The campaign said on both days there will be a Prayer Service for Reconciliation following the applications, which will take place outside of the Probate Court office. The Campaign for Southern Equality invited all candidates for the Republican presidential nomination to participate in this prayer service.

There is no word if any of the candidates plan to attend.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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