Now, who’s religious freedom and liberty are actually under attack? Where is Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee to stand up against such tyranny? Who is actually in jail and who is actually shoving chicken sandwiches down their throats playing victim and pretending to be martyrs?
Minutes ago, Major Jiminez was arrested in Dallas, Texas, after being refused a marriage license with his partner, Beau Chandler. Major and Beau rose to national prominence a month ago when they first went to the marriage counter on July 5 and were refused a marriage license. Both men sat down in the line and refused to move, resulting in both being arrested. Today was their initial hearing in that case and, after the hearing, they returned to the marriage counter again.
Major and Beau, with the support of GetEQUAL Texas — the Texas-based chapter of GetEQUAL, a national civil rights organization that uses direct action and civil disobedience to push for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans — went to court this morning for an initial hearing on charges stemming from their arrests on July 5. The men faced fines of up to $2,000 each and up to 180 days in jail. Their hearings this morning were pushed back to later dates, and the men returned to the marriage counter — again requesting a license.
The men were again denied a marriage license, as the state of Texas maintains a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex couples from marrying. They were told to go to the lobby, outside of the service area, and that they would not be issued a license. While Beau elected to comply in order to ensure the he would keep his job, Major elected to sit down and refuse to move — resulting in a second arrest. At this time, the charges against Major are not known.
“Yesterday, people came out in force to eat chicken and support hatred,” said Major Jiminez. “Today, I am being thrown in jail because of who I love. How can our lawmakers and courts sit by and do nothing?”