January 27, 2011: On Valentine's Day, February 14, same-sex couples will once again request marriage licenses at their local County Clerk's offices in cities all over the country. These actions will not only draw attention to the lack of marriage equality between heterosexual and LGBT Americans, but it will also raise awareness about the harms and the impact that the inability to marry causes on LGBT families.
"Since 2001, Marriage Equality USA chapters have engaged in annual marriage counter actions to render visible the discrimination that is enforced every day and to highlight the need to overturn discriminatory laws. It is an affront to our basic dignity as fellow human beings when same-sex couples are turned away from the marriage counter, but it gives us the opportunity to tell our stories and show that we live in every community and want to honor and protect our families like everyone else," said Molly McKay, Marriage Equality USA Media Director.
"Whether we are married, domestic partners, in a civil union, or legal strangers under our particular state's law, all same-sex couples are denied the 1,138 federal rights of marriage," said Robin McGehee, Director of GetEQUAL. "GetEQUAL is joining Marriage Equality USA to urge President Obama, Congress ,and all states with discriminatory laws on their books to stand for justice and equality for all people, as the Constitution requires, and work together to uphold the American tradition of fairness and equality by ending marriage discrimination."
For a complete list of Valentine's Day actions go to www.requestmarriage.com .
Founded in 2000, Marriage Equality USA is a national grassroots organization whose mission is to secure legally-recognized civil marriage equality for all, at the federal and state level, without regard to gender identity or sexual orientation. For more information go to www.marriageequality.org .
GetEQUAL is a national, direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Emphasizing direct action and people power, the mission of GetEQUAL is to empower the LGBT community and its allies to take action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. For more information on GetEQUAL, please visit: www.getequal.org . You can follow GetEQUAL on Twitter at www.twitter.com/getequal, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GetEQUAL, or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/getequal