Aren’t any gays in Dallas going to request a marriage license on Valentine’s Day this year?

GetEQUAL and Marriage Equality USA are planning demonstrations across the country for Valentine’s Day in which same-sex couples will request marriage licenses at county clerks’ offices. But Dallas, where the apparently defunct Queer LiberAction has staged similar demonstrations in each of the last two years, thus far doesn’t appear on the list of cities where events are planned in 2011. According to the website, the only Texas cities with demonstrations planned are San Antonio, Austin and Houston. So we’re sure Dallas County Clerk John Warren, shown below in 2009, is disappointed. Read the full press release from GetEQUAL is after the jump.

Dallas County Clerk John Warren, right, addresses Blake Wilkinson of Queer LiberAction during a Freedom to Marry Day demonstration in 2009.

—  John Wright

Freedom to Marry Day — Part II

Blake Wilkinson of Queer LiberAction and Dallas County Clerk John Warren square off inside the marriage license office last year.
Blake Wilkinson of Queer LiberAction, left, and Dallas County Clerk John Warren square off inside the marriage license office last year.

Last week same-sex couple Kay Mathews and Wendy Churitch renewed their vows in front of the Dallas County Records Building in a demonstration to mark Freedom To Marry Day. But the Records Building was closed because of the weather, so they were unable to go inside and request a marriage license from the County Clerk’s Office. Which brings us to tomorrow, when Mathews and Churitch, along with activists from Queer LiberAction and Equality March Texas, will take care of unfinished business. The group will gather in front of the Records Building at 9 a.m. before marching inside. This portion of the demonstration resulted in a heated exchange last year between QL founder Blake Wilkinson and County Clerk John Warren (shown above). And especially given some of the other Freedom to Marry demonstrations around the country last week (like this one and this one, for example), it’ll be interesting to see how Part II plays out.

—  John Wright

Weather won't stop Freedom to Marry protest

Despite the possiblity of inclement weather, Queer LiberAction’s Freedom to Marry Day event is going forward tomorrow outside the Dallas County Records Building, according to a press release we just received. And QL has announced the couple that will celebrate its union in a public wedding ceremony before applying for a marriage license from the clerk’s office. They are Kay and Wendy Churitch, who’ve been together for eight years and were legally married in Iowa last August. The wedding ceremony will be officiated by the Rev. Daniel Kanter, senior minister at First Unitarian Church of Dallas. The event starts at noon at 509 Main.

UPDATE: It’s unclear whether the protesters will be able to go inside to request a marriage license. The Dallas Morning News reports that a decision about whether county offices are closed tomorrow will be made by 5:30 a.m.

—  John Wright