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Charges dropped in NC same-sex marriage protest

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Protesters sit on the floor of the Buncombe County Register of Deed's office. (May 11, 2012/FOX Carolina) Protesters sit on the floor of the Buncombe County Register of Deed's office. (May 11, 2012/FOX Carolina)
ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -

North Carolina prosecutors are dropping trespassing charges against five people involved in a sit-in to press for same-sex marriage rights in Asheville.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Thursday's decision to drop charges comes a day after three co-defendants were found not guilty of second-degree trespassing.

The eight were arrested May 11 at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds office after same-sex couples repeatedly applied for marriage licenses and were rejected.

SLIDESHOW: Gay couples protest Amendment One

Their protest came two days after President Barack Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage, and three days after North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

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