Adam Robison | Daily Journal From left, Robert Dashti and Michael Smith of Tupelo prepare to fill out a marriage application at the Lee County Justice Center as Lee County Circuit Clerk Joyce Loftin goes over the document before they fill it out.
TUPELO – Two gay Mississippi couples applied for marriage licenses in Lee County this morning in an effort to show that there are gay couples in Mississippi who want to be married.
Robert Dashti and Michael Smith, of Tupelo, have been together for 10 years and Trey Goff and Michael Sheffield, of Starkville, have been together for a year. Each couple applied for and were denied marriage licenses under Mississippi Code 93-1-1.
The applications were a part of the Campaign for Southern Equality’s We Do movement.
The campaign’s communications director Aaron Sarver said after today people can’t continue under the current law with the presumption that there isn’t a desire for change in Lee County.
“We’re creating a public record so that now no one can say in Pearl River County or Lee County that there aren’t loving and committed gay couples who want to get married.”
Circuit Clerk Joyce Loftin said this is the second time she has had to deny a same sex couple trying to apply for a license in Lee County but couldn’t remember the year of the first application saying she only remembers it was years ago.