A Dallas Gay Couple Was Arrested Yesterday After Trying to Get Married, Failing, Protesting

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All photos by C.d. Kirven
Beau Chandler, left, and Mark "Major" Jiminez

Yesterday afternoon, Beau Chandler and Mark "Major" Jiminez went down to the Dallas County Records building to apply for a marriage license. They were refused, naturally. So they quietly handcuffed themselves together, sat down and refused to leave. When the building closed for the day, they were arrested and taken to jail in separate cars.

Around 11 p.m., Jiminez posted on the wall of the Facebook event they had created to announce what they were planning to do.

"Freedom. I don't even know where to begin," he wrote.

Jiminez thanked the couple's friends within DPD and the Sheriff's Department, the people who protested outside of Lew Sterrett Jail while they were in holding, and an officer at the jail who he said helped expedite their release.

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"Our bond was set at $500.00 each and when we walked out of jail after posting our bond, we were greeted with money to help defray the cost that was just collected in the past couple of hours," he wrote. "Of course, it is not over. We have to appear in court August 2 at 8:30am. And of course, I will keep you all posted. We love all of you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are humbled and moved."

According to Dallas county court records, both men have been charged with criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor.

LGBT activist C.d. Kirven (one of this year's Dallas People) was one of the many supporters present at the sit-in and sent along a few photos. "It was beautiful," she says.

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16 comments
Jaborah
Jaborah

As long as I get my free birth control pills what difference does it make?

Dalila
Dalila

This makes me cry. You guys are so brave. But you gotta be carefull... $500x2 bucks on each try is so expensive haha. Save that money for a great wedding. I don't even know what to say. Everyone should be allowed to marry where and when they want. 

RTGolden
RTGolden

How is the comparison being made here? Iceland, as a country, has fewer than 350,000 people, Dallas itself has over 1.3million.  in 2010, Iceland had 19 same sex marriages, 6 same sex divorces.  Iceland has much less diversity, whether racial, religious, origin, than Dallas does (not to mention the US). I support the idea of same sex marriages being fully and legally recognized, but come on man, Iceland?  THAT is your flip side of the coin?  A nearly homogeneous population is more likely to share values and mores more thoroughly than a diverse population.  Their acceptance of same sex marriages is certainly more progressive than that of the US, but to expect that the US would have anything nearing a totality of acceptance for any dominant social or political issue is ludicrous. 

Rumpunch
Rumpunch

The problem is, we have mixed two institutions into one, one legal the other religious.  As a christian, I do not feel that gay marriage will have any more effect on my marriage than JP marriages do.  I feel that the legal partnership should be open to all. However, it will take compromise on both sides.  Mainly, the division of the practices into two seperate ones. The language should exclude the term "marriage" and replace it with something like spousal partnership.  Marriages should be the domain of the church.  You can get one or the other or both.  If you are just after the religous sacrament, get the marriage.  If you are after the legal rights as spouses, then get the partnership.  If you want both, get both. Some of the opponents against gay marriage are painting a picture of plural marriages, man/animal unions and unions with objects.  Don't you think that the law if drafted would contain language such as "between only two natural persons" to prevent this? I really only have the right to say that I do not like gay marriage and that I do not accept it in the scope of a religious sacrament.  However, I sympathize with their situation as related to many secular rights, therefore there is a need for a legal solution.  As a related point, we do not require everyone to have their children baptized, however those parents still enjoy all of the rights and responsibilities in relation to their child.  One loophole, is the fact that some denominations have a different outlook than others.  They will be allowed to perform marriages to same sex couples.  However, that is between that congregation and its members to debate and therefore frankly not my problem. But alas, we are a country that refuses to compromise.  Both extremes which are the minority in numbers, are the majority in volume.  The left will not rest until they are called "married" and the right will not rest until it is banned. 

Lisahermosa
Lisahermosa

 that would all be nice and well if they would stay together, but heterosexuals can barely stay together

Gat2KeepOnMovin
Gat2KeepOnMovin

If the 28th amendment to the constitution defined marriage as a man and woman-- what could SCOTUS do? LOL U DUM

Gat2KeepOnMovin
Gat2KeepOnMovin

A state law is not a state constitution. A constitution can't be unconstitutional by it's very definition(but we know you have trouble with definitions)

Gat2KeepOnMovin
Gat2KeepOnMovin

Show me where SCOTUS has declared a state marriage amendment unconstitutional..

Halldecker
Halldecker

 I'll repeat an obvious example,  please respond,  do you believe Brittney Spears deserves the benefit of an officially-recognized marriage (it lasted 40 hours,  but it was still the kind of marriage you hold sacred),  two loving women, together almost a half century, who've been monogamous, generous, involved in dozens of civil activities, have lived as examples of what marriage ought to be, shouldn't be allowed to claim they're married? Please,  respond to this. Why not? 'Cause GOD would get pissed?

Gat2KeepOnMovin
Gat2KeepOnMovin

Losing a ton of money? Not likely. "According to the latest state figures, through September 2008, there had been 12,167 same-sex marriages in Massachusetts — 64% of them between women — out of 170,209 marriages in all"  That would be $863,857 over four years @ $71 each. Barely enough to even pay the DISD superintendent. 

Halldecker
Halldecker

Fewer than half m/f couples bother.   $71 for the license unless you've jumped through hoops the 'Ledge set up, then it's $11. Dallas County is losing a ton of money not giving licenses to gay couples. At the end of the day,  if two people want to claim they're married,  who the fuck gives a damn. That people are denied a service routinely given to those of opposite sexes,  no matter how you slice it,  that's discrimination based on sexual orientation. And don't try the "God would be pissed"  b/s.. Anytime you actually believe man was made from a handful of dust, woman from a rib while he took a nap,  she met a talking snake who told her about a magic apple ... and you think the Mormon beliefs are strange.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Well, at least noone mentioned anything about racial diversity of the sheriff's office. We're all growed up!

Who cares what I think anyway
Who cares what I think anyway

I'm a catholic. Vote Republican. Believe that anyone should be able to marry anyone if they are legally old enough to have a beer, gay, straight, polygamist, green, red, blue....but strongly believe that you dont parent until you have enough money to do so. Fiscal responsibility should start with people bringing you into/bring you up in the world. Government help should come at a time when the family truly needs it, not just because they were irresponsible.

Anon
Anon

you mean in the "beginning" when women were chattel property of their husbands as part of the marriage? or when men took multiple wives? maybe you should actually read the old testament before talking about what marriage has "always been"

Lauren
Lauren

Uh-oh, I better divorce my husband and go beat my child, since I'm not allowed to be happy or stable--being a liberal.

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