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Greenville gay couples ask for marriage licenses

GREENVILLE (AP) — Six same-sex couples are going to ask the Greenville County Probate Court for marriage licenses.

The couples expect to be turned down Wednesday morning because South Carolina’s ban on gay marriage still stands.

The couples are part of Campaign for Southern Equality’s “We Do” campaign, where supporters of gay marriage get together for a rally, and then request marriage licenses they know will be turned down. This is the third event in Greenville County, and similar events have been held in other Southern states.

The Greenville event happens two days after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Virginia’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

South Carolina is in that judicial circuit, but the state plans to continue fighting a lawsuit to overturn the state’s gay marriage ban.

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