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Two Dallas Men Arrested For Marriage License Protest: VIDEO

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As you know, marriage equality remains illegal in Texas, where the lawmakers, at least the GOP, are keen to keep it that way. Hoping against hope to actually tie the knot, though, gay couple Mark “Major” Jiminez and Beau Chandler headed to the Dallas County Clerk's office yesterday to request a marriage license. Obviously they were turned down.

The men, however, refused to accept such an injustice, handcuffed themselves to each other and staged a sit-in. They were arrested a few hours later and may criminal trespass charges, which could in turn lead to a $2,000 fine and 180 days in jail. But reading over the Dallas Voice report, it seems everyone involved, including the clerks and arresting officers, were actually on the couple's side:

Sr. Cpl. Laura Martin, LGBT liaison officer for the Dallas Police Department, accompanied the group, even though she didn’t have direct jurisdiction since they were in a county building…. “I told them if they want to smoke, do it before going upstairs,” Martin said. “And have a full belly.”
“They’re the nicest couple,” Martin said of Chandler and Jiminez. “They’re the first guys after any protest to come up and thank the officers.”
Once in the license bureau on Thursday afternoon, Chandler and Jiminez filled out the paperwork. Chandler crossed out the word “bride” and wrote “not applicable.”

Before being called to the counter, the couple sat waiting next to a straight couple also applying for a license. Jiminez explained to them why they were there, and the couple wished them luck.

“God bless you,” Regina Johnson said to Jiminez and Chandler. “Good luck. You’re in our prayers.”

Clerk’s assistant Melinda Saavedra called Jiminez and Chandler and asked for their IDs. She checked to make sure one wasn’t there as a proxy.

“We pointed out subsection B that invalidates all marriages,” Chandler said. He was referring to the constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage in Texas. “She got teary-eyed when I said we love each other and want to get married.”

See some pictures and video of Chandler and Jiminez's action AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. MY GOD...two grown TEXAS MEN in love with EACH OTHER? What is going on? Where am I? What kind of a site is this? An FBW - Four Ball Wedding - is nothing, I say nothing, but the pure Promotion of Apoplexy (POA).

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 6, 2012 9:38:06 AM


  2. Heartfelt thanks to these inspiring men.

    And UFFDA, who knew? You're kind of cute when you're being a spaz.

    Posted by: Hermes | Jul 6, 2012 10:35:23 AM


  3. Here's an interesting fact: that all took place inside the Dallas Records Building. I was there just a few weeks ago to research some property, and noticed that on every floor, there were water fountains with extremely faded lettering over them. If you looked closely, you could see that the lettering used to read WHITES ONLY. In the lobby right next to the elevator in the first photo, there is a fountain with a plaque over it that commends people who fought against Jim Crow laws. Ironically, this is right next to a little sign directing people to the marriage license counter. Watch a video about the plaque here:

    http://www.artspire.org/DirectoryDetail/tabid/95/id/1119/Default.aspx

    Posted by: Sully | Jul 6, 2012 11:00:36 AM


  4. I didn't expect to get teary eyed over this video, but I did.

    Posted by: gerry | Jul 6, 2012 11:20:10 AM


  5. If there's a better reason to get arrested, I can't think of one.

    Posted by: The Bony Man | Jul 6, 2012 11:38:28 AM


  6. Vanguards

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 6, 2012 11:42:37 AM


  7. Wow! Two brave souls. Godspeed.

    Posted by: axl | Jul 6, 2012 12:18:07 PM


  8. if we all had the same courage, we'd have equal rights

    Posted by: trj | Jul 6, 2012 1:46:39 PM


  9. My best wishes to you, Mark and Beau!

    Posted by: Carlos | Jul 6, 2012 5:48:20 PM


  10. I know it is hard for some to believe, but it is going to happen here (and sooner than many think)

    Posted by: jhr459 | Jul 6, 2012 7:12:06 PM


  11. These guys are Loves.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 6, 2012 8:04:38 PM


  12. GO TEAM!!!!!!

    Posted by: kodiak | Jul 7, 2012 10:05:13 AM


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