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