Alice, did you encounter anything this strange in Wonderland? Half of Americans support same-sex marriage, but in Texas filing a marriage license can get a gay couple arrested.
In Maine 55 percent of those recently polled support same-sex marriage, while only 36 percent oppose it. Many U.K. Conservatives and U.S. Republicans have adopted supportive (or at least non-antagonistic) positions on the issue. The list on the “yes” side grows, while the “no” side loses steam. Unfortunately, not every state opposing same-sex marriage has figured out it is bucking a cultural shift.
In Dallas Mark “Major” Jiminez and Beau Chandler declared their independence from archaic laws on July 5th. Knowing they would be refused, they went to the County Clerk’s office, applied to change Chandler’s last name to Jiminez, and then applied for a marriage license.
They see their act as taking a stand in the way Rosa Parks did. Jiminez writes on their Facebook site:
My boy, Beau, and I are tired of giving in too. We are tired of being treated like second-class citizens and we are demanding change!
They were refused a marriage license, as they knew they would be. Then they donned handcuffs and sat in the spot that would have been next in line for a marriage license. The line moved around them.
The two men stayed put until they were taken away in a police car at the end of the day. Because they refused to leave until they were granted a license, they have been charged with criminal trespass and will appear in two separate courts August 2nd.
Friends photographed and videotaped everything. The officials they encountered held to the legal line but treated them respectfully. The two men were soft spoken and polite. In the video below you can see them putting on the handcuffs, sitting on the floor, and speaking gratefully to gathered friends.
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