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In Tennessee, gay couples turned down for marriage licenses | VIDEO

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Across Tennessee, same-sex couples are taking a stance for their right to marry in the volunteer state. They all attempted to file for a marriage license, but Wednesday was not just a failure in their eyes.

Standing at the bottom of the stairs inside the Shelby County Clerk's Office, Chris Snow and Aaron Thompson were ready to apply for a marriage license.
"We matter. We're the same as just everybody else," said Snow.

They two have been together for 13 years.

"In Washington D.C. three years ago we got married so we would like for the state to recognize it," said Thompson.

All the while knowing the state of Tennessee does not allow same sex couples to get married, they tried anyway.

"We know we're going to get denied a marriage license we're not surprised by that ... Really expecting that ... But just to show that we're being denied a right that we should have," said Snow.

Sure enough, they were denied. The same thing happened for Amy Barton and her fiancé Lyndsay Gray.

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Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee