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Dallas Gay Man's Protest of Marriage Laws Once Again Ends in Arrest

Mark "Major" Jiminez and Beau Chandler, before their arrest last month.
Mark "Major" Jiminez and Beau Chandler, before their arrest last month.
C.D. Kirven

It's been almost a month since Beau Chandler and Mark "Major" Jiminez walked into the Dallas County Records building to apply for a marriage license. Chandler and Jiminez being men, and this being Texas, they were denied, but the couple had the foresight to bring handcuffs, which they placed on their wrists before sitting down in the middle of the room. They they stayed until the building closed, and they were arrested for criminal trespass.

After their first court appearance yesterday morning, they returned to the Records Building, where straight people get and gay people get denied marriage licenses. Jiminez again brought handcuffs, which he attached to the queue rope in protest of four same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses. Again, he was arrested for criminal trespass. Chandler remained unshackled so he could pay his partner's bail money, according to the Dallas Voice.

According to the Facebook page created for the original protest, Jiminez was released from jail at about 1:30 a.m.


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