Gay marriage march begins at Veterans Park in Brownsville
Sat, 15 Oct 2011 04:07:45 GMT —
Veterans Park in Brownsville became the backdrop Friday for a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered march.
"I think that if two people love each other, and they want to marry, they should be allowed to marry, said organizer Yolanda Speece.
Speece said the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" inspired her to pick Veterans Park as a launching point.
"This is our way of paying our respect to veterans, said Speece. They made it possible so we can do this."
Don't Ask, Don't Tell was a policy in which gays could not serve openly in the military.
Veteran Felix Leszczyk told Action 4 News he's unsure how he feels about the group's gay marriage goal.
"I really don't know how to answer these things, because to me| it's ugly, said Lesczyk. But to them, I can't interfere because I don't know."
Marchers argued their relationships are no different than one between a man and woman.
Sixteen-year-old Meagann Nimchan has two moms.
She said her parents are the same as any other dad and mom.
"Just because I have two moms instead of a mom and a dad with me, I get the same parenting, said Nimchan. It's the same manners, the same principles of how to act in public, it's the same thing."
But opponents say it TMs not the same thing.
They claim homosexuality is immoral, and marriage is a right reserved for a relationship between a man and woman.
In August, Governor Rick Perry along with other republican presidential hopefuls signed an anti-gay marriage pledge.
Candidates agreed that if elected, they will pursue a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.