Same-Sex Couple in Texas Sparks a Movement in Florida Same-sex couples in Florida join the movement for equality by showing up to local marriage counter and demanding a marriage license TAMPA, FL —
On June 5, 2012, Major Jimenez and Beau Chandler were arrested in Dallas, Texas, when they refused to leave a marriage counter after being denied the right to marry. On August 2, the couple will go to court and face up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of $2,000 each — simply for asking their government to treat them equally.
Inspired by their bold action, same-sex couples across the country will take action in solidarity with Major and Beau, and will head to their local marriage counter to demand their civil right to legally marry — including couples in Tampa, Florida. Allied couples will join their same-sex couple counterparts and demand equal treatment for all people in the state of Florida“Less than 40 years ago, I would not be allowed to legally marry because I’m a Mexican-American woman and I’m in love with a Caucasian man,” said Marisol Marquez, core organizer for the Coalition for the March Against the RNC. “I’m willing to do whatever t takes to bring equality to every person, independently of the gender of the person they love. The government should not have it takes to bring equality to every person, independently of the gender of the person they love. The government should not have the right to discriminate against anyone in our country,” says Marquez.
GetEQUAL Florida is part a national campaign to highlight the inequalities faced by LGBT individuals in the United States despite the protections guaranteed in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. The equal protection clause has not resulted in better treatment of all people in the United States. Florida and many other states have constitutionally banned same-sex couples from marrying
“The lack of equality is something we as LGBTQ citizens face on a daily basis. Marriage is about love, honor, and commitment, and t is important for us to have access to civil marriage to secure our families,” said Jarrod Scarbrough GetEQUAL Florida’s co-lead organizer. “The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law. It enforces the fact that all of us are created equal. The state of Florida, by denying the civil right of marriage to couples of the same sex, is in violation of the 14th Amendment,” says Scarbrough.
Who: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied Floridians
What: Gay and straight Floridians will request marriage licenses, despite a state ban on LGBT marriage equality
When: August 2nd at 10:30 AM
Where: 419 Pierce Street Room 140, Tampa, FL 33602
So far i know that there is going to be a bunch of gay couples applying to get married, and we will be DENIED & there will be straight couples that are our ailes and apply to get married and will be APPROVED and the main organozer is holding a press confrence about how easy it is for straight couples to get married and how it is unfair for lgbtq couples. im still getting emails so ill keep posting stuff (:
Tomorrow i get to spend the whole day with my nephew & I’m excited & xjbvhjv
I’m going to take him to the Mall buy him everything.
I’m going to take him to ihop buy him everything
& take 1479731 pictures (: