WATCH: Gay and lesbian couples participate in Valentine’s Day mass wedding in San Antonio

Posted on 14 Feb 2011 at 9:35am

Each year a mass wedding is held on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio. But this year for the first time, the event included nearly two dozen same-sex couples, KENS-TV reports:

It was a first for the grassroots movement. They quietly filed in with almost 150 couples who had marriage licenses. All of them listened as Joe Sullivan, an ordained minister and Valentine’s Day officiator of many years, gave instruction as well as advice.

The ceremony had ended and the same-sex couples had exchanged rings, vows and kisses before Sullivan was made aware his crowd of newlyweds was different this time.

“They don’t have a license,” Sullivan said. “If they took vows, it really means nothing.”

But the same-sex couples said they walked away feeling just like they were married anyway.

The thought of gay and lesbian couples in the event did not seem to bother some of the participants.

“In this day and age — whatever it is — I know my religion and faith in God,” newlywed Mark Aguilar said.

The San Antonio action is one of dozens of demonstrations planned across the country calling for marriage equality on Valentine’s Day, according to GetEQUAL. We’ve posted a list of events in Texas after the jump. As far as we know, nothing is planned in North Texas, although a lesbian couple that had been turned away from a private wedding chapel because of their sexual orientation married in a public ceremony Friday at the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas. Publicist Kris Martin sent over the below photo of the couple, Tina Shaft and Tiffany Fenimore, posing for a NoH8 photo after the wedding, and the Dallas Observer has a nice write-up about the event. “They are a wonderful couple with a very supportive family,” Martin said in her e-mail. “I felt like mother of the brides.”


TX Austin

Date: Monday, February 14th

Event: Apply for marriage licenses, or witness in support

Time: 4:00-5:00 PM

Location: Travis County Clerk’s Office, 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin

For info contact: Michel Diviesti, GetEQUAL TX, 512-931-4067

TX Houston

Date: Sunday, February 13th

Event: Big Gay Wedding Celebration – get married, wedding reception afterwards

Time: 1:30-3:00 PM

Location: Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 West 11th St.

For info contact: Mark Eggleston, 713-861-9149 x106

TX Houston

Date: Monday, February 14th

Event: At 11:30 AM apply for marriage licenses at County Clerk’s Office in Caroline St., witness in support; at 12:30 PM march to City Hall at 901 Bagby St.

Time: 11:30AM-2:00 PM

Location: Houston County Clerk’s Office, 201 Caroline St.

For info contact: Barry Ouellette, www.familymarriageequality.org, (281) 989-3400

TX San Antonio

Date: Saturday, February 12th

Event: Take “Kiss Me for Marriage Equality” pictures – professional photographer

Time: 2:00-4:00 PM

Location: HemisFair Park Arch at S. Alamo ST. & E. Nuevo

For info contact: Jay Morris, GetEQUAL TX, jaysays@jaysays.com

TX San Antonio

Date: Sunday, February 13th

Event: Valentine’s Dinner & March to the Courthouse – 4 free mass wedding ceremonies (wear black & white wedding attire)

Time: 10:00 PM-2:00 AM

Location: Luther’s Café 1425 N. Main St.; Bexar County Courthouse

For info contact: Julie Pousson, 210-880-7885


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