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Gay marriage protest ends in arrests

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Blanchard and James, right, speak with clerk at marriage license counter. Sarah Haeberle/WDRB News Blanchard and James, right, speak with clerk at marriage license counter. Sarah Haeberle/WDRB News

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WDRB) -- Police arrested an openly-gay Louisville Baptist minister and his partner after they refused to leave a closed Jefferson County Clerk's office -- the place where they were denied a marriage license late Tuesday afternoon.

It started with a protest outside City Hall by those opposed to Kentucky's ban on gay marriage.

Then, The Rev. Bojangles Blanchard and Domique James entered the clerk's office, asked to apply for a marriage license and were denied on the basis that state law does not allow it.

They and the others then held what they called a "pray-in", and refused to leave, even after the office closed.

About an hour later, police showed up and arrested the two for criminal trespass.

Blanchard says it's worth it to bring attention to the issue.

"President Obama obviously supports this. There's other people in our state and city and country who support it. But, we need regular folk to stand up and be heard and let their faces be seen and their words be read, so that people know that this is not alright," Blanchard said.

Kentucky amended its constitution in 2004 to ban gay marriage.

Blanchard says he knows it's going to be a tough fight to change that.

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