Crime (?) Scene Revisited
As you may remember from gayagenda.com’s post (http://gayagenda.com/”Marriage applicants face charges,” July 16, 2012), Dallas gay couple Beau Chandler and Mark “Major” Jiminez were arrested on July 5th for “criminal trespassing” after applying for a marriage license in Texas, a state that doesn’t permit same-sex marriage.
After being denied the marriage license, they, handcuffed to each other, staged a sit-in and were charged with Criminal Trespass. They appeared in court at the Frank Crowley Courthouse August 2, as expected, after meeting with supporters. Initially, they could have faced a $2000 fine and an 180-day jail sentence for Civil Disobedience. (Now the stakes are higher. According to Beau Chandler’s comments following the story, Jiminez could be taken away for 5 years for being arrested twice within 30 days for the same “crime.”)
According to WFAA TV, the head-strong couple returned to the Crowley Building to apply for a marriage license and were denied, again. They staged another Sit-In.
Sit-In, Yet Again
Police arrested Jiminez again for trespassing, according to WFAA reporters, and he told them: “How is our marriage going to affect your life? When you’re sitting down to the dinner table, how is the fact that we’re married going to affect your life, at all? It’s not! So why are you worried about it?”
Beau Chandler’s Poignant Comments: Crime Against Humanity
Hello guys and girls and anyone identifying as between. Thanks for the outpouring of support. Someone said we’re heroes and brave. Well, I can tell you we’re not really heroes. We are men who want our rights, and we aren’t going to take “no” for an answer – nor any more of their crap in order to get our rights. Brave? I don’t know. I’m terrified now because my partner could be taken away from me for 5 years for getting arrested twice within 30 days for the same “crime.” They cannot be held accountable for their crimes against humanity, but we can be held accountable for refusing to leave without our constitutionality promised rights-which violates ANOTHER right – to peacefully assemble! Apparently, yes. In the current republic of Texas (I’d call it a state, but that would imply that it abides by, and upholds the rights of the people as promised by the constitution) we can go to prison for demanding the equality to which we are entitled. I can also tell you – they are VERY likely to do exactly that to him. The love of my life will very likely be taken from my arms and imprisoned for at least a time to punish him for wanting to marry me. This is not something that should be allowed. We have written letters to eyes that will not see, and made phone calls to ears that will not hear. Our options are running short.