New York City's
marriage bureau was the site of protest Thursday as
hundreds of gay couples showed up to be wed, only to be
turned away. The action, part of nationwide
demonstrations on Freedom to Marry Day, highlighted
the lack of marriage equality in New York State, the
Associated Press reports.
One couple that
was denied a marriage license was Matt Flanders, 37, and
Will Jennings, 29, of Brooklyn. "I should be able to marry
the person I love," Flanders said he told officials,
according to the AP. "And they said, 'We can only
offer you a domestic partnership.'"
outside the marriage bureau waved signs and chanted
slogans like "What do we want? Marriage! When do we
want it? Now!" according to the AP. But the hullabaloo
didn't seem to disturb the heterosexual couples
waiting for marriage licenses.
bother us on our big day and they have a right to
protest," King Lau, 30, told the AP, as his fiancee, Cheryl
Zhang, 25, looked on with approval.
was organized by the New York chapter of Join the
Impact, which coordinated the hundreds of rallies that
occurred in the aftermath of Proposition 8's passage
in California. (Advocate.com)