GREENVILLE, S.C. - Five same-sex couples have been turned down for marriage licenses in Greenville County.

The couples had expected their requests would be rejected Wednesday because South Carolina's ban on gay marriage still stands.

The couples are part of Campaign for Southern Equality's "We Do" campaign, where supporters of gay marriage get together for a rally, and then request marriage licenses they know will be turned down. This was the third event in Greenville County, and similar events have been held in other Southern states.

The Greenville event happened two days after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. South Carolina is in the same judicial circuit, but the state plans to continue fighting a lawsuit to overturn its gay marriage ban.