Group prepares for same sex marriage ceremony at Capitol



Posted on October 14, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 14 at 10:10 PM

AUSTIN, TX - Leave it to the day before the big day, for last minute decorating. Come Saturday, Raymond Garcia and Tim McIntyre will be busy.

"When we met I knew it was going to be forever," said McIntyre.

"Everything about him I love," added Garcia. "You couldn't ask for a better person."
The two met in San Antonio a little over a year ago. After countless dates and more than a few softball games, Garcia proposed.

"I told him before and I'll tell him today you're the person I want to spend the rest of my life with," said Garcia. "There's no other way I can prove it, than to go out in front of however many people we have out there, whether it's just us or 500."
Saturday they'll have their chance. The group Get Equal Texas is holding a same sex marriage ceremony at the Texas Capitol. When the couples gather on the Capitol steps Saturday evening the ceremony will mean much more than just marriage. It will mark a step in a long standing fight of acceptance in Texas.

"This is absolutely 100 percent different than the protests we've done," said organizer Michael Diviesti with Get Equal Texas.

Saturday's ceremony should bear little resemblance to the equal rights march last May. The event comes to raise awareness of the 50,000 same sex couples in Texas, 10,000 of those raising children.

"I want them to see we are humans," said Diviesti. "We are here and we do share some of the same wants and desires as everybody else. We do share love."

Diviesti said it will be love shared statewide. Austin is one of eight cities holding the same sex marriage ceremonies this weekend.

"We get to have our private time and we get to make our commitments to each other and at the same time we'll be making a statement that's going to make somebody change their mind about the way they view gay marriage," said McIntyre.  

For now, that view in Texas does not recognize same sex marriages, but Garcia remains hopeful. 

"No one can make any promises but eventually it'll happen," said Garcia. "Until all 50 states do it that's when we can all be free and happy."

Saturday's event begins at 5 pm at Republic Square Park before walking to the Capitol. Reverend Meg Barnhouse, minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin will preside over the ceremony.


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