Thursday, July 5, 2012

Couple arrested after gay marriage protest in records building - WFAA

Couple arrested after gay marriage protest in records building

Credit: WFAA

Beau Chandler and his partner, Mark "Major" Jiminez, went to the Dallas County Clerk Records Building to apply for a marriage license. When they were turned down, they handcuffed themselves together and refused to leave. They were arrested when the building closed for the day.

WFAA

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Updated today at 7:42 PM

DALLAS - Two gay men were arrested Thursday in Dallas after handcuffing themselves together in the county records building downtown.

Beau Chandler and his partner, Mark "Major" Jiminez, went to the Dallas County Clerk Records Building to apply for a marriage license. When they were turned down, they handcuffed themselves together and refused to leave.

"We live in a land where we're all supposed to be created equal, and by them denying us our marriage, we are not created equal," Jiminez said.

The men created a Facebook group to draw supporters to the event.

Dallas Sheriff's deputies arrested the men when the building closed and they went to jail in separate cars.

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

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