Step Up and Get your Marriage License - Oh Wait, not You!

On National Freedom to Marry Week, at local marriage counters in cities all over the country, same-sex couples will be requesting marriage licenses at their local County Clerk’s Offices and engage in other public education outreach to raise awareness of the harms and impact the inability to marry causes their families.

Locally, on February 11, from noon to  1 p.m. the Sacramento County Chapter of Marriage Equality USA will accompany same-sex couples requesting marriage licenses at the Sacramento County Clerk’s Office at 600 8th Street.

“Whether we are married, domestic partnered, civil unioned or legal strangers under our particular state law, all same-sex couples are denied the 1,138 federal rights of marriage,” said Molly McKay, Marriage Equality USA X County Chapter Leader.  “With the backdrop of the pending historic federal lawsuit challenging Proposition 8 led by Ted Olson and David Boies, we are hopeful that we can finally turn our attention to holding President Obama to his promise of overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed in 1996, and work together to uphold the American tradition of fairness and equality by ending marriage discrimination once and for all.”

Since 2001, Marriage Equality USA chapters have engaged in these annual marriage counter actions to render visible the discrimination that is enforced every day. 

"It is an affront to our basic dignity as fellow human beings when same-sex couples are turned away from the marriage counter, but it gives us the opportunity to tell our stories and show that we live in every community and want to honor and protect our families like everyone else,” said Sandy Richard, Marriage Equality USA Sacramento County Chapter Co-Leader.  “Marriage discrimination is wrong and harms real-life families.  All Americans deserve equal treatment under the law.  The time has come.”

There are six states where marriage equality is already the law of the land and 18,000 same-sex couples have been married in California. 

"We want to honor those marriages and extend this opportunity to other same-sex couples to marry and live happily ever after regardless of which state they live in,” said Julie Tindall, MEUSA Sacramento County Chapter Co-Leader. 

Straight allies, supportive clergy and married same-sex couples are invited to support the couples seeking licenses. 

The Sacramento County marriage counter action is just one of many similar actions happening across the country on Valentine’s Day.  For a complete list of actions go to www.marriageequality.org

 

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