LGBT couples to apply for marriage licenses Wednesday

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) - Local LGBT couples along with help from the WE DO Campaign are striving for marriage equality. On July 30, six Greenville couples will apply for marriage licenses at the Greenville County Probate Court in order to call for the freedom to marry.

Wednesday will mark the third time since 2012 that local LBGT couples have applied for marriage licenses in Greenville County. The six couples are among an estimated 656 same-sex couples living in Greenville County, with approximately 7,214 across the state, according to 2010 US Census data.

South Carolina is waiting on a ruling from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Bostic v. Schaefer. A broad ruling could result in Amendment One being struck down and couples like those requesting a license on Wednesday being able to legally wed in South Carolina.

Piedmont residents of Ivy Hill and Misha Gibson are engaged to be married.

"Each time we have been denied, but we will continue to walk up to that counter and call for full equality on a federal level for all LGBT people until they say yes," said Hill.

"Every day that Amendment One remains on the books it hurts families like the ones who live in Greenville County. This law is being challenged in the courts, and these brave couples are standing up because they have a fundamental right to marry and to have their marriage recognized in their home state. We call upon the courts to act quickly to strike down this law and also call upon elected officials to take a stand against Amendment One," said Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, which coordinates the WE DO Campaign.

Launched in 2011 as an initiative of the Campaign for Southern Equality, the WE DO Campaign has involved more than 115 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples requesting or recording marriage licenses in their hometowns across the South.