WE DO Campaign logo courtesy of the Campaign for Southern Equality website.

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WE DO Campaign logo courtesy of the Campaign for Southern Equality website.

Since the Asheville-based Campaign for Southern Equality launched its WE DO Campaign Oct. 3, same-sex couples have been requesting  marriage licenses “to call for full equality under the law for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people and to resist an unjust state law that bans marriage equality,” according to the group’s website.

Today is the final day of the WE DO Campaign and the advocacy group is holding the following public events:

  • 2 p.m.: A public interfaith blessing of LGBT families on the Roger McGuire Green in front of the Buncombe County Courthouse.
  • 3 to 5 p.m.: A procession to the Register of Deeds at 35 Woodfin St., where more same-sex couples will request marriage licenses. Immediately following, the Campaign for Southern Equality will host a session with coffee, snacks and legal updates at the First Congregational Church at 20 Oak St. in Asheville.
  • 8 to 10 p.m.: An after-party and fundraiser at O’Henry’s at 237 Haywood St. in Asheville to support the Campaign for Southern Equality’s Legal Fund.

According to its website, the Campaign for Southern Equality’s mission is “a national effort to assert the full humanity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in American life and to increase public support for LGBT rights.”

The group says on its website that its work involves: “coordinated public actions that directly resist discrimination and anti-LGBT bias; providing support and crisis response services to LGBT people as they take such action and in times of need; and telling a new story about LGBT lives to the American public, including those who oppose or are conflicted about our rights.”

For more information, visit the Campaign for Southern Equality website, e-mail southernequality@gmail.com or call (828) 761-1224.

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Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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