“This is what courage looks like — for Keisha and Dericka and their friends to stand up publicly for equality when there is so much pressure to stay silent, when you are outnumbered by those who are protesting you,” said Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, in a blog post.
The couple’s action was part of the group’s WE DO Campaign.
At the counter, the couple handed their driver’s licenses to the Hampton, who said they were ineligible for a marriage license because they are a same-sex couple. With that, Hampton would not accept their application and refused to mark it as “DENIED,” according to CSE.
The couple exited the courthouse to cheers and applause from their supporters.
“I don’t feel that same-sex couples should put me in this position because there’s nothing, as local government, that I can do about it,” Hampton said in an interview with WLOS.