On the day after voters in North Carolina decide on Amendment One, gay couples will protest the state's gay marriage ban.

Voters will decide on Amendment One during North Carolina's May 8 primary. The constitutional amendment would bar the state from recognizing the relationships of gay and lesbian couples with marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.

But even if defeated that won't mean that gay couples can marry because the state currently bans such unions by law.

On May 9, Southern Equality will take its WE DO campaign first launched last year to Wilson and Durham, where gay couples will ask state officials for marriage licenses. Two days later the campaign will move to the cities of Bakersville, Marshall and Asheville.

WE DO first launched last October in Asheville, considered one of North Carolina's most progressive cities. During that protest, 20 gay couples requested marriage licenses and two women who refused to leave were carted away in handcuffs and charged with second-degree trespassing.

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