Freedom to Marry: Gays Marching Through Downtown Today

Marching for marriage
Apparently eager to be forced to buy last-second Valentine's Day gifts to people they've been married to for years, gays and lesbians will have a march through downtown later this morning.

They'll try to get marriage licenses at the courthouse, and after being refused will walk to City Hall.

"Many people (both gay and straight) aren't aware that 1,138 federal marriage protections are granted with marriage," the groups says. "Same-sex couples legally married or in civil unions in other states don't have these federal rights that would allow them to protect their families."

Mayor Annise Parker has issued a letter supporting the group:

All across this country people will be sharing Valentine's Day with the ones they love. It is a bittersweet observation in the LGBT community, where we yearn for that day when we'll have the right to marry the ones we love.

My life partner of 20 years and I would love to be able to wed in the state we call home. I know it will happen in my lifetime because the world is changing on LGBT issues

Resurrection Church is helping with the protest today.

"As a minister, Freedom to Marry is a pastoral issue. I counsel with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples every day who have to deal with the challenges that come from being denied the legal recognition of marriage. The law should be as committed to these families as they are to each other," Reverend Harry Knox of Resurrection said.

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Now just how my "bi" folks get counseling from this minister?

I mean really.


I would think that a state that supposedly supports the rights of the individual over the control of government would support gay marriage. After all, what business does the government have saying who can marry whom?


The ONLY reasoning behind not allowing gay marriage is religious. Period.

People will occasionally argue that there’s some sort of “The government-has-an-interest-in-ensuing-procreative-end-to-marriage” nonsense, but… those arguments always seem half-hearted to me.

It’s ALL about Leviticus.

Jim C
Jim C

I'm sure you're right, but also if you expand the number of legal marriages, don't entities have to provide benefits to more people?

Try balancing a budget while you're offering more stuff to more "spouses".

I'm not sayin' I'm fer or agin', but that could be a non-religious consideration.


Let me think about that…Yeah. I think someone could use that argument without immediately sounding like they’re thumping a Bible. At the same time, I don’t think legalizing gay marriage would add to costs, generally. In private business, for example, I haven’t seen many companies that cover dependents’ health insurance – they might allow for coverage of dependents, but the employee is going to pay for it.There are tax benefits and such that come with marriage, so I suppose the anti-gay marriage crowd might be mad that there could theoretically be a marginal lowering of tax revenue if gay couples could marry and file taxes together.I would counter that it doesn’t seem to be reasonable to treat similarly situated persons differently based on gender for the purpose of saving money on benefits. I mean, manual labor costs were lower in the South prior to the 1860’s, but still.…

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