A very busy Valentines Day here in Colorado

Daniel Gonzales

February 15th, 2011

Here’s the top 3 highlights from today:

Jess Woodrum, volunteers from One Colorado and legislative sponsors stand on the steps of the capitol building with over 1,000 "links of love" Valentines that were later presented to legislators.

It’s currently 1am and I’ve been going non-stop all day so I’m going to hold off on analysis of the full bill wording and wait for someone more legal minded take it on.  However One Colorado’s press event today was damn good theater.  I’ve been shooting video of most of their public events so here’s the event summarized in a 2min30sec video:

For our Colorado readers, One Colorado is asking that you take a minute and click here to email your legislator in support of civil unions.

Later in the afternoon the Colorado chapter of Marriage Equality USA held a direct action at the county clerk and recorder’s office where numerous same-sex couples would apply for and be denied marriage licenses.  Around 4pm the media arrived and local activist couple and life partners Kate and Sheila (who have a history of getting arrested at the clerk’s office) applied for and were denied a license.  To illustrate the arbitrary nature of our state’s marriage laws Kate grabbed a gay man near her and declared that she would therefore obtain a license with him.

However getting a license is harder than we activists had planned.  Kate’s first groom-to-be forgot his ID, a requirement for a license.  Kate then found a second groom-to-be who had actually been married earlier in life and since he was unable to recall his exact divorce date for the application he wouldn’t work either.

Standing at the clerk and recorder’s counter that’s when Kate turned around and asked if anyone in the assembled crowd would marry her.  There was no reply so I volunteered myself.

Kate Burns and I pose with our valid Colorado marriage license. Well, valid for 30 days. We probably won't be solemnizing or mailing it in. That amazingly gaudy backdrop was set up by the Denver County clerk and recorder's office.

justsearching

February 15th, 2011

Welcome to the most sacred rite of western civilization.

Priya Lynn

February 15th, 2011

Wooo! Way to go Dan!

Richard Rush

February 15th, 2011

A gay guy and a lesbian he just met obtaining a marriage license is a great stunt idea to dramatise the stupidity of marriage laws. It would also function as a response to those who say we have the same rights as everyone else to marry a person of the opposite sex.

We should try to organize “LG couples” across the nation to obtain marriage licenses in every state that still bans same-sex marriage. The reality would be kept a secret, of course, until after thousands of licenses have been issued.

While I first thought the authorities would scramble to find a way to stop the practice, they may actually actually favor it because it would add money to government coffers.

And wouldn’t it put the “pro-family” types in a pickle? Would they encourage those couples to make a go of marriage because of that coveted potential for penis-in-vagina functionality which is at the core of their marriage definition? Or would they attack the practise, thereby being seen as opposing some opposite-sex marriage licenses while having to admit that maybe real human relationships should be at the core of marriage definition, rather than the lesser significant biological distinctions.

Jim Burroway

February 15th, 2011

Dan! Why am I always the last to know?

cowboy

February 15th, 2011

With budget crunches I wouldn’t be too harsh on the public employees who took the time to make a “gaudy” backdrop. Be grateful you had one.

Regan DuCasse

February 15th, 2011

Yep, with all the pontificating before marriage equality debates on what qualifies a person as ‘best’ to be married, this points out the state’s interests cannot justify discrimination against gay couples.
And those opposed to equality have no defense of it.

Complete op sex strangers can marry, but a committed gay couple, who have combined their responsibilities into child rearing, tax paying and so on, cannot.

This all boils down to the anti gay setting up the biggest spite barrier SINCE Jim Crow.

Trevor

February 15th, 2011

Daniel is fairly adorkable…who knew?

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