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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Lindsey Simerly of the Campaign for Southern Equality holds a sign at far left as the group prays during a public prayer service before three area same-sex couples entered the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office Wednesday morning seeking marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign. The couples - Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, and Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman - sought to have their relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. Clergy led a public prayer service before the couples entered the Register of Deeds office. The couples asked the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office to issue a license as an act of conscience and in recognition that Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, violates their freedom to marry. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    L-r Lindsey Simerly of the Campaign for Southern Equality and Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, lead the group into the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office. Three area same-sex couples entered the Register of Deeds Office Wednesday morning seeking marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign. The couples - Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, and Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman - sought to have their relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. Clergy led a public prayer service before the couples entered the Register of Deeds office. The couples asked the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office to issue a license as an act of conscience and in recognition that Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, violates their freedom to marry. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Register of Deeds David Granberry refuses the request for a marriage license of l-r at right Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, one of three area same-sex couples involved in Wednesday's event, as they entered the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office Wednesday morning seeking marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign. The couples - Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, and Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman - sought to have their relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. Clergy led a public prayer service before the couples entered the Register of Deeds office. The couples asked the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office to issue a license as an act of conscience and in recognition that Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, violates their freedom to marry. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Register of Deeds David Granberry refuses the request for a marriage license of l-r at right Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, one of three area same-sex couples involved in Wednesday's event, as they entered the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office Wednesday morning seeking marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign. The couples - Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, and Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman - sought to have their relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. Clergy led a public prayer service before the couples entered the Register of Deeds office. The couples asked the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office to issue a license as an act of conscience and in recognition that Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, violates their freedom to marry. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    L-r in back Robin Maddox and Register of Deeds David Granberry of the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office refuse the request for a marriage license of l-r in front Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman, one of three area same-sex couples involved in Wednesday's event, as they entered the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office Wednesday morning seeking marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign. The couples - Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, and Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman - sought to have their relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. Clergy led a public prayer service before the couples entered the Register of Deeds office. The couples asked the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office to issue a license as an act of conscience and in recognition that Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, violates their freedom to marry. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    L-r Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, one of three area same-sex couples involved in Wednesday's event, entered the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office Wednesday morning seeking marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign. At right, Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, encourages them. The couples - Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, and Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman - sought to have their relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. Clergy led a public prayer service before the couples entered the Register of Deeds office. The couples asked the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office to issue a license as an act of conscience and in recognition that Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, violates their freedom to marry. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    L-r Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman, one of three area same-sex couples involved in Wednesday's event, leave the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office Wednesday morning after not being able to obtain a marriage license as part of the WE DO Campaign. The couples - Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, and Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman - sought to have their relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. Clergy led a public prayer service before the couples entered the Register of Deeds office. The couples asked the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office to issue a license as an act of conscience and in recognition that Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, violates their freedom to marry. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    L-r Ron Sperry and Scott Bishop, one of three area same-sex couples involved in Wednesday's event, entered the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office Wednesday morning seeking marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign. The couples - Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, and Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman - sought to have their relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. Clergy led a public prayer service before the couples entered the Register of Deeds office. The couples asked the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office to issue a license as an act of conscience and in recognition that Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, violates their freedom to marry. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    L-r Ron Sperry and Scott Bishop, one of three area same-sex couples involved in Wednesday's event, entered the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office Wednesday morning seeking marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign. The couples - Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, and Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman - sought to have their relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. Clergy led a public prayer service before the couples entered the Register of Deeds office. The couples asked the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office to issue a license as an act of conscience and in recognition that Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, violates their freedom to marry. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Robin Maddox of the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office refuses the request for a marriage license of l-r in front Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman, one of three area same-sex couples involved in Wednesday's event, as they entered the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office Wednesday morning seeking marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign. The couples - Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, and Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman - sought to have their relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. Clergy led a public prayer service before the couples entered the Register of Deeds office. The couples asked the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office to issue a license as an act of conscience and in recognition that Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, violates their freedom to marry. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Ron Sperry (facing camera) is hugged by Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield after Wednesday's event. Three area same-sex couples sought marriage licenses at the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office Wednesday morning as part of the WE DO Campaign. The couples - Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, and Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman - sought to have their relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. Clergy led a public prayer service before the couples entered the Register of Deeds office. The couples asked the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office to issue a license as an act of conscience and in recognition that Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, violates their freedom to marry. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    The group sings in the hallway of the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office after the event. Three area same-sex couples sought marriage licenses at the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office Wednesday morning as part of the WE DO Campaign. The couples - Scott Bishop and Ron Sperry, Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, and Rev. Robin Tanner and Rev. Ann Marie Alderman - sought to have their relationship recognized by the state of North Carolina. Clergy led a public prayer service before the couples entered the Register of Deeds office. The couples asked the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office to issue a license as an act of conscience and in recognition that Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, violates their freedom to marry. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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