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Gay Couples Sneak Into Texas Mass Wedding

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Two dozen gay and lesbian couples have made big news today by walking right into an annual mass wedding performed on the steps of the San Antonio courthouse, and exchanging vows alongside the 150 heterosexual couples being wed.

The protest for marriage equality was inspired in part by slain Ugandan activist David Kato, and the necessity to provide full acceptance and equal rights for all citizens.

One of the mass wedding attendees explained, “Our brothers and sisters that are straight are given free weddings by our county five times on Valentine’s Day, and we’re not. We’re not given weddings at all. We cannot get married at all in Texas, and that needs to change. We are full citizens.” She’s got a hell of a point.

When told that dozens of same-sex couples had exchanged vows without him noticing, the ordained minister told a reporter, “That has no value though. They don’t have a license. So if they took vows, it means nothing.”

So let me get this straight, if you take the secular, government-sanctioned part out of marriage, the religious component has no value whatsoever? Doesn’t his argument put the kabosh on marriage being a product of biblical definition then?

What do you think of these romantic protestors? Is their marriage valid?

Via Dallas Voice

  • See?? No one died, y’all!

  • See?? No one died, y’all!

  • Gives a whole new meaning to “Wedding Crashers”. I love it!

  • Kristin Draves

    Gives a whole new meaning to “Wedding Crashers”. I love it!

  • I LOVE IT! Why are people so afraid of love?

  • Jude GetEnda Stevens

    I LOVE IT! Why are people so afraid of love?

  • It’s so funny. Some news reports say we crashed the wedding, some say we sneaked into the wedding. The fact is we walked up quietly and took our place with lots of cameras on us. 4 couples were standing within 3 feet of the minister, right in front of him. At one point he said “husband” instead of “wife” and the crowd noted it immediately and we all got a chuckle. I have trouble believing he didn’t notice. I’ll also note that I am 6’4″ tall and my husband is 6’7″ tall (right behind the bride in the video still) – we are really hard to miss in a crowd.

    I adore the fact that he claims our vows under God have no value without the marriage certificate. That’s absolutely true. Religion has no value in law. That’s the point and that’s why we did this.

    It was gorgeous to see all the couples affirm themselves as full citizens and I’m proud to say that my husband and I, after 13 years of love and commitment, have tied the knot.

    Now, we are ready to GetEQUAL!

  • jaysays

    It’s so funny. Some news reports say we crashed the wedding, some say we sneaked into the wedding. The fact is we walked up quietly and took our place with lots of cameras on us. 4 couples were standing within 3 feet of the minister, right in front of him. At one point he said “husband” instead of “wife” and the crowd noted it immediately and we all got a chuckle. I have trouble believing he didn’t notice. I’ll also note that I am 6’4″ tall and my husband is 6’7″ tall (right behind the bride in the video still) – we are really hard to miss in a crowd.

    I adore the fact that he claims our vows under God have no value without the marriage certificate. That’s absolutely true. Religion has no value in law. That’s the point and that’s why we did this.

    It was gorgeous to see all the couples affirm themselves as full citizens and I’m proud to say that my husband and I, after 13 years of love and commitment, have tied the knot.

    Now, we are ready to GetEQUAL!

  • Jay, thanks so much for writing in. I hesitated while writing my article on the very thing you point out. It was sneaking in, you clearly walked right up along with everyone else. There’s nothing dubious or menacing about what you guys did. I’m so glad you used this opportunity to draw attention to marriage inequality. Congratulations on your wedding!

  • Jay, thanks so much for writing in. I hesitated while writing my article on the very thing you point out. It was sneaking in, you clearly walked right up along with everyone else. There’s nothing dubious or menacing about what you guys did. I’m so glad you used this opportunity to draw attention to marriage inequality. Congratulations on your wedding!

  • Thank you. It was wonderful to see these gorgeous couples walk into the group and take their rightful place among them. While we were not legally equal, they all refused to be socially inequal – and owned their equality.

    I always pictured my wedding very differently, but considering the state of the nation, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  • jaysays

    Thank you. It was wonderful to see these gorgeous couples walk into the group and take their rightful place among them. While we were not legally equal, they all refused to be socially inequal – and owned their equality.

    I always pictured my wedding very differently, but considering the state of the nation, I wouldn’t have it any other way!