Protesters arrested in Asheville found not guilty

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Three people arrested on trespassing charges during civil disobedience for same-sex marriage rights in Asheville have been found not guilty.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Laura Blackley, Cindy Jordan and Craig White were found not guilty of second-degree trespassing on Wednesday.

The three were among eight people arrested after a sit-in May 11 at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds office. The sit-in came as same-sex couples repeatedly applied for marriage licenses and were rejected.

Jordan and Blackley were legally married in California. White is a friend of the couple who was there to support same-sex couples. The protest came days after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment that marriage is between one man and one woman.

The other five arrested during the protest were awaiting court dates.
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