Chandler and Jiminez have 1st court date amid marriage equality protest

A crowd of about 25 protested for marriage equality outside the Crowley Courts building as Mark Jiminez and Beau Chandler made their first court appearance.

The couple was arrested on July 5 for criminal trespass in the County Records Building when they applied for their marriage license.

Attorneys Dax Garvin and Kim Butler spoke to the judges in criminal courts 4 and 5 to set their next court appearance. Jiminez has a date of Aug. 23 and Chandler Sept. 26. The cases will be tried separately.

After the court appearance, Jiminez and Butler met with supporters outside. Many marched back to the County Records Building where they were planning another sit-in in the marriage license bureau.

Sit-ins in support of the couple were planned in San Diego, Tampa and Ohio.

—  David Taffet

Gay Dallas couple arrested at marriage sit-in announces legal team

From left, Dax Garvin, Mark “Major” Jiminez, Beau Chandler, Kim Butler.

 

Mark “Major” Jiminez and Beau Chandler introduced their legal team to supporters on July 21. The couple hired their attorneys ahead of Aug. 2 hearings in their cases.

Attorneys Dax Garvin and Kim Butler will lead their defense team.

The couple was arrested for criminal trespass on July 5 after applying for a marriage license and refusing to leave the County Records Building when they were denied.

Garvin is a Travis County attorney who also represents three people arrested for a similar action in Austin on Valentine’s Day.

Butler is a Fort Worth attorney who specializes in same-sex families and criminal misdemeanors. She said the case is important to her because her interracial marriage would have been illegal before the Loving v. Virginia case.

GetEQUAL state lead Michael Diviesti said Aug. 2 is the anniversary of the ratification of the Declaration of Independence and called for action across Texas. He said he hoped to see protests, picketing and rallies in front of city halls or marriage bureaus. GetEQUAL has called the charges excessive.

Jiminez said that in Dallas, supporters will rally in front of the County Records Building at 8 a.m. and march to the Frank Crowley Courts Building ahead of the 8:30 a.m. hearings. The couple are scheduled in separate courts at the same time.

—  David Taffet