Gay Couples Plan Valentine’s Day Protest Nationwide

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For many couples, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of their relationship, but a group of LGBT couples and their allies will take the opportunity to create awareness about the need to pass gay marriage.

On Feb. 14, at 12 p.m., gay couples, friends and allies will make their way to San Francisco City Hall to ask for marriage licenses—even though they know they’ll be rejected. The protest is part of an effort dubbed “Freedom to Marry Week,” that’s been carried out for the past 13 years to bring attention to marriage equality.

“Same-sex couples will be asking for marriage licenses on Valentine's Day, just as briefs in the marriage cases are being filed with the United States Supreme Court,” said John Lewis, legal director of Marriage Equality USA, one of the organizations spearheading the protest.

“This year, couples will hold hands at the marriage counter with the hope that the Justices will rule on the side of love, so that the court cases can stop and the wedding plans can start.”

Two cases challenging gay marriage laws are currently waiting to be heard by the Supreme Court this March.

Similar protests are set to take place in Houston, Columbus, Ohio and other cities around the country.

“The struggle for marriage equality is a critical element in the broader movement for full equality under the law. Denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry undermines their dignity as human beings and excludes them from over 1,000 rights and protections under federal law,” said Billy Bradford, a member of Marriage Equality USA and GetEQUAL.

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WHAT: Requests for Same-Sex Marriage License.

WHO: Same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry and LGBT activists/allies who believe everyone should have the right to marriage equality.

WHEN: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12:00 Noon PT

WHERE: San Francisco City Hall and Clerk’s Office, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, California 94102