Bea, Perez, Maria and Moore marched together to the Register of Deeds office. Perez said, “Marching like that felt like I was back serving in the army.” Perez served in the military for four years in the 1980s.
Supporters of Moore and Perez gathering for a huddle before processing to the Reister of Deeds including pastor Brian Cole (Cathedral of All Souls), executive director of Campaign for southern equality Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (right corner) and her partner, Meghann Burke, a lawyer who is helping arrange representation for the couple that will be arrested Friday
After they got denied, Perez, Moore and their supporters gathered outside to process together from the Register of Deeds office. Perez said, “I felt like there was a lot of love and support behind us, with us and on the other side of the counter.”
Oliver holds on to his fathers, Moore and Perez, at First Congregational Church.
5 year old Oliver watching as his parents' aplpication for a marriage license gets denied
"It's just the way it is. I couldn't get angry knowing that it was there" - Perez
family talking to Lee Crayton
at register of deed's office- oldest Maria, 10; 2nd Beatrice/Bea, 8; Oliver, 5 monroe moore: "i feel worse for the other guy"--> Find actual quote
Meghann Burke, the legal representative for couples in the We Do campaign and partner to Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of Campaign for Southern Equality, walk with Lee Crayton, who is organizing media for the organization. Beach-Ferrara said, “What we’re trying to do is take this out of the political realm, where it can be debated for infinity, and take it to the human realm.”
After leaving First Congregational Church, the family makes a quick stop at the store. Moore said, “I’m Southern, and after 48 years of being Southern, it just doesn’t feel right when I go to the Northern states. So the only thing I can do is change the laws here.”