Louisville couple gets 1-cent fine for marriage equality trespass protest

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 at 2:27pm
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The Rev. Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard

When Mark and Beau Jiminez applied for their marriage license in Dallas and were denied, they were arrested and charged with trespassing when they wouldn’t leave the building.

When Dominique James and the Rev. Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard applied for their marriage license in Louisville, Ky., they were arrested and charged with trespassing when they wouldn’t leave the building.

The Jiminezes each agreed to a plea deal and served 40 hours of community service.

James and Blanchard were offered a plea deal of five hours of community service. They rejected it, and the case went to trial. They were found guilty Wednesday and fined 1 cent. The couple called the jury’s verdict a vindication of their act of civil disobedience.

The Jiminezes spent their community service time working for marriage equality. Mark Jiminez is now a candidate for county clerk.

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