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Couple found guilty of trespassing, fined one penny

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A gay Louisville Baptist minister and his partner were found guilty of trespassing on Tuesday and given a fine: one penny.  The judge then conditionally discharged that fine.

In January, the Rev. Bojangles Blanchard and Domique James took part in a protest outside City Hall to oppose Kentucky's ban on gay marriage.  They refused to leave a closed Jefferson County Clerk's office where they had been denied a marriage license.  Police arrested them for criminal trespassing.

Kentucky amended its constitution in 2004 to ban gay marriage.

Jessie Halladay, a spokesperson for the county attorney's office, tells WDRB, "We respect the jury's decision, but we also respect the law and we respect the couple's right to protest as well. But the law does not distinguish which cause would be OK to break the law for."

Halladay says Blanchard and James were offered the chance to have their charges dismissed in exchange for five hours of volunteer work for a charity of their choice, but they decided to take the case to trial.

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