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LBGT couples denied marriage licenses in Greenville Co.

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Same sex couples march through downtown Greenville to apply for marriage licenses. (Jan. 17, 2012/FOX Carolina) Same sex couples march through downtown Greenville to apply for marriage licenses. (Jan. 17, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Dozens of people from the LBGT community and their friends marched Tuesday afternoon to push for same sex marriage by saying "We do." 

There were three couples, and each of them walked into the Greenville County courthouse.  

The Campaign for Southern Equality said they are pushing for full equality under federal law. They want all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to be able to get married and say "I do" in South Carolina.

They marched from the Ware House Theatre to the probate court to request a marriage license. The three couples were all denied a license because they're not recognized here in South Carolina.  

Courthouse officials say they were told to politely turn down the licenses because South Carolina passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in 2006. 

The couples held a prayer vigil outside the courthouse after they were rejected.

Organizers of the "We Do" campaign will stage another protest here Wednesday and then move their efforts to Charleston later in the week. 

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

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