Dallas Couple Handcuff Themselves To Records Office To Protest Marriage Inequality

On Thursday, a Dallas gay couple quietly handcuffed themselves to the Dallas County Records Building after being denied a marriage license.

Beau Chandler and Mark “Major Seven” Jiminez knew their application would be turned down and expected they might get arrested for their act of civil disobedience—which they were.

But the Dallas Police Department was helpful in expediting their release.


“Our bond was set at $500.00 each and when we walked out of jail after posting our bond, we were greeted with money to help defray the cost that was just collected in the past couple of hours,” he wrote. “Of course, it is not over. We have to appear in court August 2 at 8:30am. And of course, I will keep you all posted. We love all of you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are humbled and moved.”

Despite being charged with criminal trespassing, a class B misdemeanor, Jiminez says the couple is standing their ground:

“We are still not going to let them tell us that we cannot get married and our marriage ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 2012 ~ legally or illegally.”

Photo: C.D. Kirven