The "We Do Campaign" comes to Tupelo

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Updated: 7/19/2013 8:41 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- Members of the "We Do Campaign" marched to the Lee County Justice Center on Thursday to make a statement and support two same-sex couples who applied for, but were denied a marriage license under state law.

"We knew the outcome, for me it really didn't hit home until she handed me a copy of the marriage license that said denied," said Robert Dashti a Tupelo resident who applied for a marriage license with his partner. 

According to the leaders of the campaign, this was the first time this group from the LGBT community gathered at the Justice Center. 

"I didn't expect to feel this emotional. In the state that we call home, where we pay taxes and we love our neighbors. To be denied the fundamental rights that everyone else has," said Dashti.

WTVA spoke with the American Family Association in Tupelo to get their response to the march.

"The Bible calls believers to hold out God's grace to sinners. All kinds of sinners whether you are a liar or a stealer or an adulterer or a homosexual," said Patrick J. Vaughn, General Counsel for the American Family Association.

Vaughn went on to describe what he calls a very strong drive among homosexual activist to have the name marriage attached to their relationships. 

"I believe that is because they think that will give them a feeling of acceptance in that what they are doing is right if they have this label [of marriage]. Unfortunately, I don't think that is going to last very long because the alienation that they sense is really an alienation because they are alienated from God. They are refusing to obey what he's commanded and they are doing something that is against the nature of the way he created them," said Vaughn.

Despite being denied a marriage license, the two couples received a round of applause from their supporters.

Leaders of the Campaign For Southern Equality say they will continue to fight.

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara the Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality says "The 'We Do Campaign' will continue growing across the south because the reality is that gay, lesbian and trans-gender people live literally in every town across the south and we want to help share that story and also call for full equality under federal law."
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