Several same-sex couples were married in a group ceremony at the Bexar County Courthouse Saturday as part of a GetEQUAL protest for marriage equality. TPR’s Joey Palacios reports.
October 18, 2011 · While it wasn’t a legal and recognized ceremony, four same-sex female couples said “I do” at the courthouse this weekend.
A protest organized by the group GetEQUAL TX marched from Milam Park to the courthouse, calling for equality for gays and lesbians in the form of same-sex marriage. Reverend Robert Vargas led the ceremony in on the south steps of the courthouse.
“The purpose was to show our unity for equality, for marriage — not just equality socially, but also for marriage equality. It’s really important that we, as a community, come together and show that we are in support of marriage equality.”
Belinda Colon and Sandra Sanchez, who have been together for three years, were just two of the eight women exchanging vows. Colon says they protested for marriage equality.
“To get legalized, to be able to go to court, have all the family, have it in writing saying that we are one, we are married.”
Sanchez explains just some of the benefits they would receive if they were married.
“Ownership of homes, ownership of property; vehicles. Not having to go through the whole court system and try to make sure if anything happened to me, she would get what she deserves.”
John Dean Domingue of GetEQUAL says similar protests were simultaneously held in other cities in Texas. He added the organization will not cease its efforts.
“We’re not going to shut up until we get our rights, and we’re going to keep talking about employment. We’re going to keep talking about marriage, we’re going to keep talking about all of these things that keep us oppressed.”
Currently there is a constitutional amendment in Texas banning same-sex marriage that was approved by voters in 2005. However, that law is not stopping Colon and Sanchez.
“By the gay community, we are legal; by the state, we are working on it.”