Savannah gay couples seek marriage licenses

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — Four homosexual couples from Chatham County gathered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and walked in to the Chatham County Courthouse to apply for marriage licenses.

The couples knew they would be denied a license under Georgia’s ban on gay marriages, but they wanted to participate in the May Day Georgia Marriage Equality Campaign.

The campaign was started by a gay couple from the Atlanta area, Sabrina and Joyce Jones-Smith, of LouddMouthRadio.com, and the initiative called on gay couples who want to get married to go to their courthouse in Georgia on May 1 to peacefully apply for a marriage license.

The group then asked couples to take a photo of their denial papers from the court and post them on social media with the hashtag #MayDayGaEquality. They hope the movement will catch the attention of the state Legislature to overturn the ban on gay marriage in Georgia.

Pastor Candace Hardnett and evangelist Erika Majors, from Agape Empowerment Ministries, were one of the couples who applied for a marriage license.

The Probate Court is responsible for issuing marriage licenses, and the couples made their way up to the courthouse’s fifth floor, the location of the Probate Court.

“We knew we would get denied,” Hardnett said. “But it was still discouraging to be treated in that manner. We watched a heterosexual couple approach the clerk before us, and she handed them their application on a clipboard with pens, but when we approached she just handed us the application with no pens or clipboard. It was obvious her attitude was already very discouraged.”

Majors agreed about the cool reception from the clerk.

“One couple with us had already gotten legally married in Maryland, and they were told they couldn’t fill out a marriage license, but I know they let them do that in other counties in Georgia, like Fulton,” Majors said.

The chief clerk/administrator for Chatham’s Probate Court, Kim Birge, said she was on hand when the couples entered the court and confirmed the couple that was already married was not allowed to apply again for another marriage license.

“If you are married, you are married,” she said. “You can’t get married once you are already married … whether it’s a same-sex marriage or not.”

Birge maintains that her staff was professional during the encounter.

“Everyone was treated very respectfully. We follow the law to the letter,” she said. “I saw no one acting rude. We don’t act rude. … I thought we treated them very well.”

Birge said that Probate Court is responsible for handling a laundry list of documents like wills, adoptions and other sensitive items and that it’s hard to make sure everyone feels they are getting the attention they feel they deserve.

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lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 05/02/14 - 08:13 am
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The third way

There is a better way for these couples to embrace their homosexuality. It's "the third way". Chech it out at www.blackstonefilms.org/films/the-third-way/index.html. God lives them too and has a better plan for them!!

corgimom
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corgimom 05/02/14 - 08:57 am
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Or maybe God's plan all along

Or maybe God's plan all along has been that some would be gay.

Interesting concept, isn't it?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/02/14 - 10:06 am
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Corgimom, too much coffee

Corgimom, too much coffee this morning???

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/02/14 - 10:09 am
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*Sigh*

Oh, leave it alone.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/02/14 - 10:16 am
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(corgimom)“Or maybe God's

(corgimom)“Or maybe God's plan all along has been that some would be gay. Interesting concept, isn't it?”

Actually Corgimom, it isn’t. Because God states in scripture, not only in the Old Testament but as well as the New Testament, that a man to lie with another man is a sin, and because God makes everything perfect and good, God is not responsible for people being homosexual. He can not and does not create sin. Sin was created when the first act of disobediance took place and the curse of death was placed upon us. It was never in God’s plan, it goes against His character and all that He is.

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rmwhitley 05/02/14 - 10:50 am
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as conservative as I can be. If a man loves a man or a woman loves a woman and they wish to marry, I believe they should be able to do so. On the other side of the coin, DON'T tell me I need to support you financially through my OVERTAXED butt. My wife is my financial responsibility and I am her financial responsibility.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 05/02/14 - 11:03 am
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I would like to point out, InChristLove

The Bible was written by God. It was written by mortal men.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/02/14 - 11:16 am
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Farmboy, yes it was hand

Farmboy, yes it was hand written by mortal men inspired by the Holy Spirit. If I tell you to write down my thoughts and words, they are still my thoughts and words no matter who penned them.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 05/02/14 - 12:44 pm
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There is a passage in the Bible

That talks about taking childrens lives if they talk about to their parents (I think). Now what do you think about that, InChristLove? Don't just skip straight to the gay passage.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 05/02/14 - 12:42 pm
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People always do that...

There are so many passages in the Bible that people never mention or carry out. They always go straight to the gay one. If you are going to go by the Bible, don't you think you should consider the whole thing and not just 1 or 2 passages? Just a thought.

foxsilong
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foxsilong 05/02/14 - 02:06 pm
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Divorce is also not encouraged in Christanity

but people do it anyways....so why are we getting on homosexual's case?..........Not everything in the society can be justified by the bible, so I don't necessarily want to point out what's right or wrong. But just saying, true a true Christian doesn't judge or discriminate.

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nocnoc 05/02/14 - 06:57 pm
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corgimom
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corgimom 05/02/14 - 07:38 pm
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Jesus spoke against divorce,

Jesus spoke against divorce, but people do it all the time and it is widely accepted.

He never said a word about homosexuality, but supposedly that's wrong and supposedly people aren't supposed to accept it.

Wonder why that is?

corgimom
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corgimom 05/02/14 - 07:39 pm
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Oh, and ICL- I don't drink

Oh, and ICL- I don't drink coffee, ever.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/02/14 - 07:44 pm
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Well, according to the Bible,

Well, according to the Bible, the Earth was created in 6 days and people with epilepsy were thought to be possessed by demons, and people with leprosy- an illness- were thought to be "unclean".

So maybe some other parts of it are wrong, too, and were written with the cultural bias and lack of education and knowledge of that time.

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jdsgirl63 05/02/14 - 09:07 pm
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To be fair...

ICL probably went to the anti homosexual passages in the Bible because this article is regarding homosexual marriage, ICL didn't just blurt it out in an article about recycling.

There isn't any one subject that everyone agrees upon, and homosexual marriage is certainly right up there. I don't condemn those who are pro homosexual marriage and I won't condemn those who are against it. Everyone has a right to their opinion and belief system, no need to make snide comments regarding either.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/02/14 - 09:10 pm
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(corgimom) "Jesus spoke

(corgimom) "Jesus spoke against divorce, but people do it all the time and it is widely accepted."

Just because it's widely accepted doesn't make it right and I think you'd find that most society wishes there was no divorce, especially if children are involved.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/02/14 - 09:17 pm
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(Farmboy) "That talks about

(Farmboy) "That talks about taking childrens lives if they talk about to their parents (I think). Now what do you think about that, InChristLove? Don't just skip straight to the gay passage."

Farmboy, if you were knowledgeable enough to understand scripture you wouldn't even bring this up. The consequence of sin before God sent His Son to earth to die as a payment for our sins, was death. So in order for the Israelites to be able to maintain a relationship with God (because He can not be in the presence of sin), most times death was punishment for sin in order to maintain Holiness.

Isn't it wonderful that we have a Savior who loved us so much that He would stand in our place and we no longer have to die because we sin. Isn't it wonderful that our children do not have to die because of their disobedience. All that He requires is for us to believe and accept His free give of life.

That Farmboy, is the reason we do not kill our children for not behaving. It is the reason that homosexual behavior will always be a sin (just like any other sin) but the same penalty applies to all......the individual gets to decide which consequence he shall face.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/02/14 - 09:24 pm
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Thank you jdsgirl63 for your

Thank you jdsgirl63 for your cordial comment. I referred to scripture concerning homosexual behavior because of the second comment in this article made by corgimom. She indicated that homosexuality may have been in God's plan which goes totally against the character of Christ. Both the New and Old Testament speaks about sexual sin and anyone who states the Bible does not mention homosexuality either have their heads in the sand or haven't bothered to research the scriptures.

It is never our place to condemn someone of their sin, whether it's homosexuality, lying, cheating, etc. but scripture tells believers that we are suppose to take notice and judge what is good and what is evil. Just because someone states a conduct is a sin and goes against the teachings of Christ is not being judgmental, it's called spiritual wisdom and by the authority of Christ we are to use it. How else can we know who are false teachers, whether something someone tells us is the truth, whether something is the will of God, and raise our children up in the admonition of the Lord.

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Stunned 2 05/03/14 - 11:01 am
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A lot more research needs to be done. Georgia voters ban what is

referred to as 'Same Sex Marriage'. More than twice as many People that identify themselves as 'Homosexual' are in the Mental Health systems. According to CDC statistics, Homosexuals are infected by HIV & Aids at alarmingly higher rates than heterosexuals.
Critical research:
"every single argument made by a homosexual can be deconstructed and rendered illogical by applying basic reasoning. Sadly, most Americans are incapable of critical thinking and do not even realize they are being brainwashed on numerous levels.
The entire gay revolution is a fraud based on Kinsey's well proven fabricated research, and supplanted by delusional activist researchers and sex industry that just generate studies to feed their delusions and make billions of dollars on exploiting impulses and delusions.
NO CIVILIZATION, GENERATION, OR RELIGION EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE (in over 8,000 years of written history) EVER HAD ANYTHING REMOTELY CLOSE TO HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGES. Its a complete fraud"
Many other states have fell victim to pressures from the Entertainment community, Politically fueled to satisfy a small portion of population. Georgia has and should remain strong against this fad. Research should continue to include the examination of predatory child molestation's affect on an individuals' sexuality. Also, the effects of diet, including the wide spread use of female hormones in processed chicken, (and their effect on both males and females that grew up on consuming large quantities of these additives. ), and the steroids and hormones that are used in the beef and dairy cattle industry. For decades now, Americans have raised their children on 'tainted' meat at the grocery store and at the fast-food restaurants -- that is injected with hormones & steroids to accelerate the growth of livestock and meet the demands of consumers, while unknowingly passing these hormones and steroids on to their children.

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Stunned 2 05/03/14 - 05:54 am
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33 States Ban Same-Sex Marriage;

17 have Approved it.

6 by Court Decision
California* (June 28, 2013), Connecticut (Nov. 12, 2008), Iowa (Apr. 24, 2009), Massachusetts (May 17, 2004), New Jersey (Oct. 21, 2013), New Mexico (Dec. 19, 2013)

8 by State Legislature
Delaware (July 1, 2013), Hawaii (Dec. 2, 2013), Illinois (law will take effect June 1, 2014), Minnesota (Aug. 1, 2013), New Hampshire (Jan. 1, 2010), New York (July 24, 2011), Rhode Island (Aug. 1, 2013), Vermont (Sep. 1, 2009)

3 by Popular Vote
Maine (Dec. 29, 2012), Maryland (Jan. 1, 2013), Washington (Dec. 9, 2012)

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Stunned 2 05/03/14 - 09:33 am
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Consequences to Redefining Marriage

Religious groups who have refused to make their facilities available for same-sex couples have lost their state tax exemption

Religious groups like Catholic Charities in Boston and Washington DC have had to choose between fulfilling their social mission based on their religious beliefs, or acquiescing to this new definition of marriage. They have, for example, been forced to close their charitable adoption agencies

Nonprofit groups are faced with abandoning their historic mission principles in order to maintain governmental contracts (for things like low-income housing, health clinics, etc.)

Whenever schools educate children about marriage, which happens throughout the curriculum, they will have no choice but to teach this new genderless institution. In Massachusetts, kids as young as second grade were taught about gay marriage in class. The courts ruled that parents had no right to prior notice, or to opt their children out of such instruction.

Wedding professionals have been fined for refusing to participate in a same-sex ceremony

Doctors, lawyers, accountants and other licensed professionals risk their state licensure if they act on their belief that a same-sex couple cannot really be married. A counselor, for example, could not refuse “marriage therapy” to a same-sex couple because she doesn’t believe in gay marriage. She’d put her licensure at risk

Those people – a strong majority of US Citizens – who believe marriage is between one man and one woman, would be the legal equivalent of bigots for acting on their heartfelt beliefs. Refusal to accommodate and recognize same-sex “marriages” would be the equivalent of racial discrimination. Not only will the law penalize traditional marriage supporters, but the power of government will work in concert to promote this belief throughout the culture.

http://www.minnesotaformarriage.com/consequences-to-redefining-marriage/

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