Five-couples have had their requests for marriage licenses denied in Greenville, South Carolina this Wednesday.

The couples are part of Campaign for Southern Equality’s “We Do” project. They request marriage licenses they know will be turned down in an effort to bring attention to same-sex marriage rights.

They were turned away two days after the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes South Carolina, ruled that Virginia’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Despite the ruling South Carolina will continue to fight for the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

South Carolina Equality and the ACLU of South Carolina launched a petition yesterday asking Attorney General Alan Wilson to stop defending the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.