Tennessee LGBT couple plans attempt to get marriage license

Tennessee LGBT couple plans attempt to get marriage license


MORRISTOWN (WATE) - An LGBT couple says they will apply for a marriage license Wednesday in Morristown, despite state law that won't recognize their union.

The attempt to get a license is part of an effort by a group called the Campaign for Southern Equality.

Two Tennessee residents, identified on the organization's website as Matt and Raymie, will apply for a license knowing they will be denied.

Organizers say the couple's family, friends and clergy will be at the Hamblen County Clerk's office in a show of support.

The Campaign for Southern Equality has been staging attempts to get marriage licenses in towns across the South.

Dubbed the "We Do" campaign, members of the group have already failed to gain a marriage license in Hattiesburg, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and Decatur, Ga. More such events are scheduled in other southern states later this month.

The group says the campaign is intended to call for full equality under federal law for LGBT couples and individuals.

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