For Immediate Release: October 14, 2011
Texas Activists to Take Action for Marriage Equality Across State
Protesting Governor Rick Perry’s Hard-Line Stance Against Texas Families, Advocates Call for Marriage Equality in the State
AUSTIN, TX — As Governor Rick Perry continues his quest to gain the nomination to be the Republican Presidential candidate next year, residents in his own state are questioning his commitment to the family values that he espouses on the campaign trail. On Saturday, Oct. 15, fair-minded Texans across the state will stage rallies, marches and wedding ceremonies in nine cities to draw attention to the mass support of and need for marriage equality in the Lone Star State.
From large cities like Dallas to small towns like Harlingen, advocates of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality are gathering to take action and make clear that Texas residents deserve better than what they are getting from Governor Perry and his discriminatory approach to governance. Some cities are staging marches and rallies to publicly (and loudly) call for marriage equality, while others are staging small but meaningful marriage and commitment ceremonies for multiple local couples.
“The doors to religious-based ceremonial weddings are wide open for same-sex couples throughout our state as more and more religious leaders are supportive of marriage equality for LGBT Texans,” says Jay Morris, co-lead organizer for GetEQUAL Texas. “Unfortunately, the doors to the house of justice have been slammed in our faces, and 1,138 federal rights provided by marriage are denied to our families due to state and federal regulations like the Defense of Marriage Act. Today, we are protesting that state and federal inequality and drawing attention to the need for pro-family laws that will provide safety and protection for ALL Texas families, including the over 17,000 children being raised by same-sex couples in Texas.”
Various other organizations in Texas are participating and helping to organize specific local events, including Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin.
Events will take place throughout the day on Oct. 15, in the following cities: Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Harlingen, Houston, Huntsville, Odessa, and San Antonio. Below are public links for each of the events:
Corpus Christi: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=235111186511750
San Antonio: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=228431410521820
GetEQUAL is a national, direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Emphasizing direct action and people power, the mission of GetEQUAL is to empower the LGBT community and its allies to take action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. For more information on GetEQUAL, please visit: http://www.getequal.org. You can follow GetEQUAL on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/getequal, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GetEQUAL, or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/getequal.
GetEQUAL Texas is a chapter of GetEQUAL, and can be found on the web at http://www.getequaltx.org, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GetEQUAL.TX, and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/getequal_tx.