"According to North Carolina state law, and now, the North Carolina Constitution, we're going to deny you all's request for a marriage license today," Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger told one of the couples.
Despite turning them away, Reisinger said it is not something he enjoys doing.
"It breaks your heart to deny people the same rights that you grant other people all day long," Reisinger said.
Eight people took a seat in front of the counter - a non-violent way of showing their disapproval of the new law. All eight of them were arrested and charged with second-degree trespassing.
"By being arrested, we bring attention to the fact that this inequality is going on," said Susan Walton, a protester. "If that's what it takes, that's what we'll do."
"We want people to know that we're a loving group," said Amy Cantrell, another protester. "We're standing up not only for equality, but (also) equality for all our neighbors."
Buncombe County was the only county in the state's mountain region, and only one of nine statewide, that voted against the controversial amendment.
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