Kathryn Cartledge and Elizabeth Eve are arrested

An American lesbian couple of 30 years has been arrested following a peaceful sit-in demonstration against the state of North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The Rev. Kathryn Cartledge (65) – an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ – and Elizabeth Eve (66) were charged with second-degree trespassing.

The women, who were taking part in the Campaign for Southern Equality’s ‘We Do Campaign’, sat down on the floor of the Buncombe County Register of Deeds office and refused to leave after they were denied a marriage license for the second time.

The couple was arrested by officers and led away in handcuffs. The women were later released and will appear in court in December.

“I feel so hopeful”, Cartledge said after she was released, reported

Watch a video below by the We Do Campaign in which same-sex couples attempt to apply for marriage licenses North Carolina.

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