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 Reverend Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard was arrested Tuesday evening after applying for a marriage license at Louisville’s County Clerk’s office. The arrest followed a protest and sit-in Blanchard called the Southern Satyagraha, which happened on West Jefferson Street near the Hall of Justice. 

According to the Courier-Journal, protestors marched for about an hour, then went into the County Clerk’s office, where Blanchard and his partner, Dominique James, applied for a marriage license (the two were married in the Unitarian Church six years ago). They were denied a marriage license, then waited. When it was time for the office to close, police were summoned to remove them.

Rev. Blanchard is the founder of True Colors Ministry, an LGBTQ-affirming program that’s part of Highland Baptist Church. He was profiled as part of WFPL’s Defining Fairness Series in 2012.

Laura is the producer of Strange Fruit, a weekly talk show focusing on race and gender, and oversees WFPL's Curious Louisville project.