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Activists Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Gather in Charlottesville

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Gay and lesbian activists were front and center Thursday inside Charlottesville Circuit Court. They gathered for what they called a "marriage equality protest."

Dozens gathered to bring attention to the fact that same-sex couples are still not legally able to get married in Virginia. The protest began on the front steps of the courthouse with words from a pastor whose church supports gay marriage.

Then they made their way into the courthouse and down to the clerk's office, where two same-sex couples asked the clerk to apply for a marriage license.

Amy Sarah Marshall, one of the women who asked for a license, says it's no coincidence this protest happened on Valentine's Day.

"On Valentine's Day we see images in the culture of a man and a woman together, but there are same-sex couples who love each other and want to get married just as much as straight people do, and to enjoy the protections and freedoms that come from that state," Marshall said.

Thursday's protest was one of many in Virginia. One organizer says 'Virginia is for Lovers' but not all of them, and until the state legalizes marriage for same-sex couples, this will continue to be a yearly ritual.

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