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Meet the WE DO Couples

We are grateful to the courageous couples who are taking action through the WE DO Campaign as it grows across the South. Below you will find names and stories of many of the participating couples. You can send the couples a message of support here.

STAGE 6: Winning the freedom to marry for LGBT couples across the South.

August 21, 2013 (Madison County, NC)

August 30, 2013 (Forsyth County, NC)

September 16, 2013: (Guilford County, NC) see media coverage

October 2, 2013: (Henderson County, NC) see media coverage

October 9, 2013 : (Mecklenburg County, NC) see media coverage

October 15, 2013: (Buncombe County, NC) see media coverage

November 1, 2013: (Transylvania County, NC) see media coverage.

November 4, 2013: (Cabarrus County, NC) see media coverage.

November 22, 2013: (Rowan County, NC) see media coverage.

March 25, 2014: (Jackson, Mississippi) see media coverage.

  • Jessica and Amber
  • Becky and Andrea
  • Mary and Miranda
  • Amelie and Sabrina
  • Jeff and John

May 8, 2014: (Raleigh, North Carolina) see media coverage.

July 22, 2014: (Marion, North Carolina) see media coverage.

  • Dericka and Keisha

July 28, 2014: (Louisville, Kentucky to Metropolis, Illinois) see media coverage.

  • Sarah and Kristy

July 30, 2014: (Greenville, South Carolina) see media coverage.

  • Ivy and Misha
  • Craig and Mark
  • HP and Lyndsey
  • Brianna and Rachel
  • Neil and Ronald

August 13, 2014 (Day of statewide action in Mississippi.)

October 16, 2014: (Morristown, Tennessee) see media coverage.

  • Matt and Raymie

 

STAGE 5: Five cities across Mississippi – July 10-18, 2013 

July 10, 2013 (POPLARVILLE, MISSISSIPPI)

July 10, 2013 (GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI)

July 12, 2013 (HATTTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI)

July 15, 2013 (JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI)

  • Jamie and Kurt
  • Anna and Chrissy

July 18, 2013 (TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI)

 

STAGE 4: Seven states across the South – JANUARY 2-17, 2013 

In January 2013, the Campaign for Southern Equality traveled across seven Southern states (Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia) to stand with 37 LGBT couples as they applied for marriage licenses in their hometowns as part of the WE DO Campaign.

January 2, 2013 (HATTTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI)

January 4, 2013 (MOBILE, ALABAMA)

January 7, 2013 (DECATUR, GEORGIA)

January 9, 2013 (MORRISTOWN, TENNESSEE)

January 11, 2013 (GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA)

January 11, 2013 (ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA)

  • Allison and Mary
  • Amy and Becky
  • Brande and Brandi
  • Deb and Mary
  • Elizabeth and Kathryn
  • Brenda and Carol
  • Betsy and Shuli

January 14, 2013 (WILSON, NORTH CAROLINA)

  • Monty and Steve
  • Susan and Sheila

January 14, 2013 (WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA)

  • Brent and Jerry
  • Mary and Starr
  • Cindy and Lisa
  • Diana and Li
  • Mark and Tim
  • Kristin and L.
  • Jeremy and Sean

January 17, 2013 (ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA)

  • Alyssa and Mike
  • Brenda and Carol
  • Brent and Jerry
  • Elizabeth and Kathryn
  • Ivy and Misha
  • Meghan and Michelle
  • Sheila and Susan
  • Sara and Lynn
  • Heather and Lee
  • Deb and Mary
  • Beth and Sally
  • Amanda and Bee
  • Alli and Mary
  • Raymie and Matt

 

STAGE 3: NORTH CAROLINA: MAY 9 – 15, 2012

Following the passage of Amendment One in North Carolina, the WE DO Campaign stood with 40 LGBT couples from across North Carolina as they applied for marriage licenses in their hometowns. We took this action to highlight that LGBT individuals are treated as second-class citizens and to call for full equality under federal law despite the passage of Amendment One. We were proud to stand with couples in Wilson, Durham, Winston-Salem, Bakersville, Marshall, Asheville, Asheboro and Charlotte as we raced across the state during the week after Amendment One’s passage.

May 9, 2012 (WILSON AND DURHAM, NC)

May 10, 2012 (WINSTON-SALEM, NC)

  • Mary and Starr
  • Mark and Tim
  • Brent and Jerry
  • Christine and Megan
  • Aly and E.
  • Diana and Li
  • S. and K.
  • H. and D.
  • T. and A.
  • C. and H.

May 11, 2012 (BAKERSVILLE, MARSHALL AND ASHEVILLE, NC)

May 14, 2012 (ASHEBORO, NC)

  • Barb and Angela

May 15, 2012 (CHARLOTTE, NC)

STAGE 2: SOUTH CAROLINA: JANUARY 17 – 19, 2012

On January 13, three LGBT couples – Michel McVicker and Alyssa Weaver, Pastor Ra’Shawn Barlow-Flournoy and Pastor Kelvin Barlow-Flournoy, and April Whittington and Tanika Jones – requested marriage licenses at the Greenville County Probate Court in Greenville, S.C.

On January 18, two LGBT couples – Ivy and Misha, and Sam and Erin – requested and were denied marriage licenses in Greenville, S.C.

On January 19, Maddy Trilling and Olivia Hope Parris, a same-sex couple in Charleston, S.C., requested and were denied a marriage license. Media coverage of the action is available at this link.

STAGE 1: ASHEVILLE, NC: OCTOBER 3 – 14, 2011

On October 3 at noon, Reverend Kathryn Cartledge and Elizabeth Eve, her partner of thirty years, requested a marriage license at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office in Asheville, N.C. They were joined by two other couples – Autumn Trama and Amanda McKenzie, and Loraine Allen and Amanda Hilty – as well as a group of supporters including N.C. State Representatives Susan Fisher and Patsy Keever, Asheville City Council Members Gordon Smith and Brownie Newman, and Reverend Joe Hoffman.

Each of the three couples knew they would be denied a license due to current North Carolina law forbiding same-sex couples from marrying. A total of 18 LGBT couples from Western North Carolina applied for marriage licenses during October as part of the WE DO Campaign.

On the final day of the campaign, Rev. Hoffman and Rev. Cartledge led a public, interfaith blessing of all LGBT families in front of the Buncombe County Courthouse.

October 3, 2011

October 4, 2011

October 5, 2011

October 6, 2011

October 7, 2011

October 11. 2011

October 12, 2011

October 13, 2011

The WE DO Campaign will continue until LGBT couples in every Southern state are recognized as full and equal citizens under the law.