Rally Planned for Gay Couple Arrested for Trying to Marry in Dallas, Texas

Mug Shots are Being Used for The Rally Protest. Image via Getequaltx.org

On July 5th, when a gay couple from Dallas, Texas,  Mark “Major” Jimenez and Beau Chandler refused to leave the Dallas County Clerk’s office after they were denied a marriage license, they were arrested. During a week when the country’s population is celebrating Independence, the Dallas community was reminded of the discrimination that stems from anti-gay legislation in 2005. They were charged with criminal trespassing, which is a class B misdemeanor, though political arrests are usually treated as class C misdemeanors, in which individuals are punished with a $250 fine.

“We are each now facing a $2,000.00 fine and a jail sentence of 180 days,” said Jimenez, one of the two men arrested, immediately following his release. “But I stand before each and every one of you and tell you that I would spend 181 days in jail as an unjust penalty for trying to marry the man I love, and as soon as I got out I would start the process over again. We will be married.”

Now, the Dallas lesbian and gay community is standing behind the two and  plan to rally on August 2  outside their court hearing in front of the Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas at 8:00 A.M. For more info visit getequaltx.org

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