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Dallas gay couple, denied marriage license, arrested after staging sit-in

Friday, July 6, 2012

DALLAS — A gay couple was arrested on Thursday when they launched a planned protest of Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage after being denied a marriage license.

Mark Jiminez and Beau Chandler handcuffed handcuffed themselves together and refused to leave the Dallas County Clerk Records Building after being refused the license, reported WFAA-TV.

When the building closed for the day, they were arrested and taken to jail in separate cars.


Beau Chandler (left) and Mark-Jiminez

The couple, who announced their protest in advance on Facebook, said they knew their marriage application would be refused:

We are tired of being treated like second-class citizens and we are demanding change! We want to get married here in Texas on September 13, 2012. However, here in the otherwise great State of Texas, marriage for us is not legal.

We are going to take a stand against this blatant discrimination on the morning of July 5, 2012. We are going to go to the County Clerk’s office and apply to have our last names changed and after that we will proceed to apply for a marriage license.

We will be denied.

We are then going to inform them that we are not going to leave until they allow us a marriage license.

The Dallas Voice reported that Jiminez and Chandler entered the records around 3 p.m., accompanied by friends, TV crews and “friendly police” in tow.

“City police, county sheriffs and building security are all here,” Chandler said. “Nice to get their support.”

Sr. Cpl. Laura Martin, LGBT liaison officer for the Dallas Police Department, said, “They’re the nicest couple. They’re the first guys after any protest to come up and thank the officers.”

The couple was released from custody after about four hours, and were charged with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.

Despite not being legally married, Chandler signed paperwork Thursday to change his legal surname to Jiminez.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. How inspirational.

    My state of Texas needs to catch up with the times. LGBT Americans are tired of being second class citizens.

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 4:40pm
  2. thats bs!1

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 4:40pm
  3. ive driven across the country and one of the few states where i found the people to be unfriendly was Texas so this doesn’t come as a surprise not to mention they elected gwbush and rick perry so go figure

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 4:44pm
  4. Levi – your state of Texas will NEVER catch up with the times….

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 4:49pm
  5. Unfortunately Preston, you’re absolutely right. This is why Obama needs to be reelected – thus, giving him the opportunity to appoint three progressive Supreme Court justices (three sitting justices are expected to retire in the next 2-4 years.) – then, we would have a left leaning Supreme Court – which could lead to national marriage equality.

    Marriage equality is in the near future based on the outcome of the 2012 election. This election is HUGE for the history of gay rights. We must get out and vote!!

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 4:54pm
  6. Go get ‘em boys!

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 5:05pm
  7. Bravo. It takes courage and risk to do that, especially in a more intolerant state like Texas. It’s heartbreaking that two people in love have to be treated and in this case both rejected and ejected trying to solidify [their] love for one another through a marriage certificate.

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 5:16pm
  8. Sad they had to be arrested, but good for them for standing up for what’s right.

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 5:27pm
  9. You better get it! Fight for those rights! Love is Love damn it!

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 7:30pm
  10. NOW is the hour of our discontent….

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 8:53pm
  11. God dammit why cant i shire this.

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 8:59pm
  12. @Robert—try refressing the page–there is a share button next to comments.

    Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 2:26pm