As part of the Campaign for Southern Equality's WE DO Campaign, five gay and lesbian couples asked for and were denied marriage licenses in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Wednesday.

The event included five gay couples who each requested a marriage license but were refused because Mississippi law limits marriage to heterosexual couples. It was the first of 9 stops planned by organizers to take place in 7 states over the course of the next 2 weeks.

In a video posted by the group, a lesbian couple profess their love for each other while being denied the right to marry.

“Alison is the woman I love,” Leiana is seen saying at the counter. “We've been together for ten years. And nothing will ever change that, this piece of paper or anything like that. And so we want to do our part to get those laws changed.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

To date, 38 couples have sought marriage licenses as part of the WE DO Campaign.

This stage of the campaign will end in Arlington, Virginia on January 17. After being denied licenses, the couples and their supporters will march to Washington D.C. to celebrate the legal wedding of one Southern couple from North Carolina.