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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 05:20 PM
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Homosexual Texas couples denied marriage licenses (Austin)
Homosexual Texas couples denied marriage licenses
Travis County clerk's office refuses to issue documents as state gay rights group urges attempts

By Claire Osborn


Saturday, February 14, 2004

Emboldened by their peers in San Francisco, seven gay couples applied for marriage licenses at the Travis County clerk's office Friday. All of the Travis couples were denied.

Texas, like all the other states, doesn't recognize same-sex marriages. In San Francisco, however, Mayor Gavin Newsom directed clerks to change marriage application forms so licenses could be issued to gay couples. The move prompted a lawsuit by conservatives as homosexual couples rushed to tie the knot.

By Friday night, 559 gay couples had gotten married at San Francisco's City Hall since Thursday, according to an Associated Press tally. Gays around the country also sought marriage licenses in their home states.

More at the Austin American-Statesman
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PDittie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 05:39 PM
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1. 16 in Houston
About 16 gay couples who applied for marriage licenses Friday at the Harris County clerk's office were turned away because the state does not allow same-sex marriages.

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About 50 gay people and supporters gathered outside the Harris County office building at 1001 Preston on the cold and cloudy afternoon before the couples went inside to request licenses.

Shirley Holmes, who carried a sign reading "Honor Gay Marriage," said she was there to support her son.

"Our gay children deserve equal rights," Holmes said.

A few feet away, about seven men and women protested the demonstration, with some shouting insults.

"I've got two dogs that want to get married," yelled one man. "Can you get a marriage license for dogs?"

"Gay? Got AIDS Yet?" read a sign carried by a man who would not give his name.

"Freedom of speech doesn't require identification," he said.

A man identifying himself as "Captain Bijou" explained why several of the anti-gay demonstrators were wearing protective masks: "We're in an AIDS zone."

He said he was there because of his religious beliefs and his desire to "save our country from all that's happening ... all the indecencies our country is accepting."

Aubrey Vaughan, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, carried a sign that said "Sodomites Destroy the Family" and was passing out several pages titled "What Does the Bible Teach about Homosexuality?"

Marilyn Meeker-Williams, pastor of Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, told the gay couples, "God's blessing is with you."

Although the Methodist Church does not permit same-sex marriages, she said, "a lot of us are working hard to change that."

Until she can perform such marriages, she said, she is not performing any marriages. "We haven't had a wedding in our church in years," she said.
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TXvote Donating Member (317 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 06:22 PM
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2. Sorry TomDeLay, you will have to wait
to marry your long time secret nookie buddy if you want to stay in Texas.

The gay people I know here in Texas are the darn ballsiest independent and funny citizens in this state (Tom excluded). Sooner or later they are going to be recognized and legally amrried in this state.
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