HAMPTON-- Marriage between same-sex couples is not legal in Virginia, but many gay and lesbian couples on Thursday applied for marriage licenses anyway.

This Valentine's Day, supporters in Hampton, Arlington, Charlottesville, Richmond and Winchester headed to court to fight for marriage equality.

Carlton Hardy was one among those at applying at Hampton Circuit Court.He said two people who love each other, regardless of their gender, should be allowed to live their lives together.

'I think many people in our society equate marriage with the church. They fail to understand or to remember that at the end of most marriage services, the minister says 'By the power invested in me by the State of Virginia.' It's a legal thing,' said Carlton.

Hardy believes same-sex marriages are becoming more accepted by the public.

Currently, 30 states ban same-sex marriages.

Leslie Robinson says she supports those bans.

'I don't believe in it. I think there's a man for every woman and a woman for every man,' said Robinson.

Although the couples were allowed to apply for marriage licenses, their requests were denied.

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