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Lesbian Couple Arrested After Locking Themselves to One Another at Albuquerque, NM Marriage Bureau: VIDEO


A lesbian couple of nine years was arrested yesterday after locking themselves to one another in the marriage license area of the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Watch it all go down, AFTER THE JUMP...

ABQ Journal reports:

April Parker, 38, and Amanda Rich, 31, were part of a group of about 40 people protesting for marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

“Gay, straight, black, white, marriage is a civil right!” the group chanted, as Parker and Rich used bike locks to attach themselves back-to-back in two chairs inside the office.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Lt. David Knowles told Parker and Rich they could stay in the clerk’s office until 5 p.m., provided they did not interrupt business. A few minutes later, the women moved their chairs to block others from getting marriage licenses.

The demonstration in which Parker and Rich were involved was just one of 20 in six states organized by GetEqual and Marriage Equality USA meant to coincide with Valentine's Day.

Watch ABQ Journal's report on the arrests, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This is part of what it takes. We need to hit it from all angles. We need to come to terms with the facts that we probably won't have that Roe v. Wade kind of moment.

    Posted by: jeffry | Feb 15, 2012 9:34:19 PM

  2. this always moves me. beautiful, resonant acts of civil disobedience.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 15, 2012 10:32:49 PM

  3. They made a good stand, but I think it would have been more effective to force the police to cut them apart and carry them away. If you are somebody, if you demand full equality, and you're being treated like a lesser nobody, It undermines the message to participate in your own arrest. This couple was arrested solely in the attempt to exercise their constitutional right to marry, and protesting the violation of that right. Their arrest is wrong.

    Those officers have to know that there's going to be a movie of this one day, and their kids and nieces and nephews will be watching them arrest these people simply asking for their love to be recognized and protected like everyone else's. Shame on these officers. They did NOT have to do that. The moral alternative is to ask to be reassigned, or just quit. It's what adults do when they're asked to violate other people's rights.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 15, 2012 11:02:42 PM

  4. Ditto! This is a perfect action. It was amazing to see the dumb straight woman bitching and saying, "call your city council person!"—yeah, that's really the right place to take it.

    Posted by: David R. | Feb 15, 2012 11:08:20 PM

  5. Those were brave women.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Feb 16, 2012 3:06:59 AM

  6. This is awesome!

    Posted by: Jester | Feb 16, 2012 3:58:25 AM

  7. Great

    Posted by: | Feb 16, 2012 5:50:59 AM

  8. Sweet. Where can I send a check to contribute to their legal defense fund?

    Posted by: What happens to a dream deferred? | Feb 16, 2012 12:45:47 PM

  9. Now, tomorrow, they need to have ten same-sex couples show up and lock themselves together with such locks, and the keys need to be given to a person who then departs.

    "We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail

    "One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws."


    Posted by: Justice Today | Feb 16, 2012 12:56:00 PM

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