Valentines Day is a day of activism for some same sex couples in California who are headed to the East Los Angeles County Clerk’s office as part of an effort to gain support to repeal Proposition 8, which prohibits gay marriage in California and the Defense of Marriage Act, which precludes the federal government from recognizing the validity of gay marriage.
The couples are members of the Los Angeles County Chapter of Marriage Equality Act, which is the event organizer. This is the 10th annual Marriage Counter Actions carried out by the organization to draw attention to the disparate treatment of same sex couples. The goal is to highlight discriminatory marriage practices and create awareness to ultimately help gay couples attain the same legal status as heterosexual couples.
The couples know they will be given a flier telling them California law does not legally allow them to be married. However, the couples perform this act to remind themselves that the law does not treat all love equally.
Critics argue that the people of California have spoken through the vote on Proposition 8, and same sex couples that try to get married this way think they can simply ignore California’s laws.
So, is it an effective strategy to highlight the limits on the love of same sex couples on a day when opposite sex couples are flaunting the freedom on theirs?