Gay Couple Marries Legally Without Leaving Texas

Couple in Dallas say ‘I do’ to official in D.C.

Thursday, Nov 18, 2010  |  Updated 6:12 PM CDT
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Gay Couple Marries Legally Without Leaving Texas

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Same-sex wedding cake topper figurines are seen at Cake and Art cake decorators June 10, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. Business is increasing sharply for local wedding services in the days leading up to the start of legal marriages for gay and lesbian couples June 17. Same-sex weddings could grow the California wedding industry by $684 million and, over the next three years, add $64 million to the state's budget, a study by the Williams Institute at UCLA's law school reports. The California Supreme Court refused to stay its decision legalizing same-sex marriage despite calls by conservative and religious opponents for the court to stop same-sex couples from marrying before an initiative to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage goes to ballot in November. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Ingenuity won out over Texas law last month.

Although state law prohibits same-sex marriages, a gay couple tied the knot Oct. 10 from inside the W Hotel in Dallas. They created a legal loophole because the officiant performed the ceremony from a W Hotel in Washington, D.C., where same-sex marriages are legal.

The one technicality the Dallas couple -- Mark Reed and Dante Walkup -- had to follow was registering for a marriage license in D.C., which they did.

Then, with family and friends in attendance, they gathered at the Dallas W, piped in the official via Skype, projected said official on a big screen in Dallas, and said "Oh, I do, I do, I do."

Sorry.

Of course for every legal loophole there an equal and opposite reaction, or something like that. The couple are bracing against possible legal backlash here at home because "D.C.'s marriage law has no provision against e-marriage, the validity of the procedure could theoretically be challenged in court," according to an article in Dallas Voice and reprinted at Pegasus News.

So, they recently attended a symposium on "e-marriages" in Michigan in a effort to create legal statutes to allow the process.

E-marriages, telecommuting, Facebook relationships... We are about this close -- OK, you couldn't see it but my thumb and index finger were, like, really close -- to not ever having to leave the house at all.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He thinks same-sex couples should experience the hell of marriage. Why should straight couples have all the fun?

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