Gay couple denied a marriage license, fight for change

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) --- They were ready to say "I do" even when they knew the answer on the other side of the counter would be "no".

Still, they walked into the Morristown courthouse parents and friends with them and asked.

"We are here to apply for a marriage license." Matt Griffin said.

"You two?", a pause then a smile. "Should I ask for identification?" The clerk asked. "Or are you two both males."

The no was soon to follow.

Matt and his boyfriend of seven years Raymi Wolfe walked into that small town courtroom knowing full well what was going to happen.

But they weren't worried about the two minute question and answer, they are thinking about ten years from now and the thousands of Tennessee couples with them.

"When I look at Matt I see my husband," Raymi said with tears in his eyes and a smile on his face. "When my Father died he was right there with me, like a husband."

Raymi and Matt joined with the We Do Campaign to make a statement.

We've long known that same sex marriange is illegal in our state but how many of us have seen, with our own eyes, a couple be denied the right to marry.

That is what the We Do campaign and a Wednesday in Morristown was all about.


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