Freedom to Marry Activists Rally for Marriage Rights
Thousands of same-sex couples are prepared to apply for marriage licenses today as part of the 12th Annual Freedom to Marry Week event, themed "7 Conversations in 7 Days".
The attempts are being undertaken to protest court and voter decisions restricting legal matrimony to opposite-sex couples.
Activists geared up for rallies at marriage bureaus or county clerks’ offices in communities large and small - from New York, Arkansas, California and Florida to Kentucky and Nevada.
This week, which encompasses Lincoln’s Birthday and Valentine’s Day, marks the 12th annual Freedom to Marry Week, usually celebrated with marriage-license protests.
Same-sex partners and their non-gay friends, families and allies are demanding that no couple in a consensual, committed relationship be denied permission to marry - complete with the rights, protections and benefits the government assigns to the legal ritual.
This year’s protests are more important than ever, said one New York organizer, because they come in the wake of California’s Proposition 8 vote and just as New Yorkers look to their state Senate to pass legislation that could lead to legalized gay marriage.
Massachusetts and Connecticut are the only states that allow gay marriage. Gay marriages are not allowed elsewhere, and 30 states have taken the extra step of entrenching the ban in their state constitution.
Freedom to Marry events around the country are listed on Web sites, including those run by two major organizations behind the protests - Join the Impact and the national grass-roots organization Marriage Equality USA.
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