Things took a bit of an unexpected turn. Stephen Webster of Raw Story included the following interesting details in his report earlier this week.
DeBeauvoir knelt down in front of the group and explained that they were welcome to stay until closing, at which point they would be removed - or, she said, "we could just do this thing right now while the reporters are still here."
Eyeing nearby reporters, DeBeauvoir leaned a bit closer to the protesters and lowered her voice: "But what I'm suggesting is, why don't you do it now and get it on camera? I mean, I'm trying to have... For you to get the maximum message here. So, what I'm thinking is, maybe we need to do it now?"
The activists agreed, so the county clerk stepped out into the hallway and picked up a phone. On a call with deputies, she commented that "the occupy movement is here," and specifically asked that police come take the women out, but give them "the least charge possible."
Moments later, five deputies stepped in and cuffed the women, ushering them to police cars waiting outside, even as a purely symbolic unity ceremony was taking place in the parking lot.
"We wish the law was different, but until it is I'm bound by the laws of the state and will not break the law," DeBeauvoir told Raw Story. "One of these days, I hope that all couples have the same civil rights."
Cool. Very cool. Way to go Dana.