Today is National Freedom to Marry Day just 2 days before we celebrate love, romance & marriage on Valentine’s Day. Each year during this week loving, committed gay & lesbian couples, accompanied by their friends & supporters, attend events to bring awareness of the visible harm that excluding them from marriage causes their families. In states that still do not have the freedom to marry gay & lesbian couples will ask for marriage licenses. In states that do now have marriage equality, people will go to their local Clerk-Recorders to thank them for their work & support & to congratulate the couples obtaining marriage licenses that day. In Utah local organizers Colleen & Jolene Mewing are in the midst of experiencing the highs & lows of the marriage equality movement. Mewing stated, “We hope there is a huge turnout for this year’s Valentine’s Day action. The case in Utah could set the precedent for other states that currently have an amendment restricting marriage to one man & one woman.” Jolene added, "I believe the more people who participate this year & the more visible we are, the better chance we have of obtaining marriage equality for all." This is the 16th year in a row that marriage equality supporters have appeared at clerks’ offices across the country on Valentine’s Day. These annual actions, started by Marriage Equality USA in the mid-90’s will be taking place this year in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah & other locales.
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