Same-sex couples will seek marriage licenses in Durham on May 9, the day after the state votes on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The demonstration is part of the We Do campaign sponsored by the Campaign for Southern Equality.
The campaign starts in Wilson and Durham on May 9th, and runs for about a week in six other cities, including Charlotte.Same-sex marriage is against state law. When couples sought licenses in Asheville last year, they were turned away.
The constitutional amendment would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.
The We Do campaign makes visible discrimination that is often invisible, said Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, the organization's executive director.
The organization is working for full equality under federal law for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, Beach-Ferrara said, which will likely require court action.
"We know all across the state LGBT youths have been hearing messages for Amendment One for months and months," she said. ""We want kids to know there are adults all across the state who know they are fully equal and are calling for equality."