Richard Vincent of the Dallas Metropolitan Community Church officiated the event for Molina, a former high school linebacker and Navy veteran from Brownsville, and Ert, a female impersonator and nightclub performer.
The Advocate. Click through the gallery to see some of the best photos from the day. Caldwell allows same-sex couples to adopt in the state.
During the Obama years, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had changed its longstanding interpretation of civil rights law to include discrimination against LGBT people. The law cites homosexuality in the same sentence as prostitution, narcotics, extortion and embezzlement.
Many clerks across the state said they are preparing to eventually issue marriage licenses to gay couples but are following legal advice to wait. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, ruled that the firing constituted sex discrimination under federal law. Justices rule LGBT people protected from job discrimination.
The announcement was a surprise for some of the couples Monday afternoon.
The first worship service, with 12 in attendance, is held in Rev. In Alabama, only 32 percent of citizens are in favor of marriage equality, two percentage points less than Mississippi only Arkansas and Louisiana rank lower.
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Same-sex marriage banned. Views Read Edit View history. Nancy Wilson interviewed on Marriage Equality. While having more gays than those others, the state has a disproportionately high hate crime rate , with one survey ranking Michigan as high as second in the nation.