429 Magazine

Gay E-Marriage Annulled: Wedding Couple Disappointed and Fearful


When Mark Reed and Dante Walkup celebrated their wedding in an e-marriage ceremony on October 10, 2010, they thought they had uncovered a loophole in the laws that prohibit gay marriage. The ceremony, officiated by Washington, D.C. Reverend Sheila Alexander-Reid over Skype, took place in Texas and included over 80 guests.

Reed and Walkup had spent months researching the legality of an online marriage. Last year, they discovered a D.C. law dictating that only the officiant—and not the wedding party—is required to be present in D.C. during the solemnization of the ceremony. According to Reed, he and his partner filed for marriage and planned their wedding after they had verified this stipulation with D.C. court authorities.

The couple was shocked when they received a letter from a D.C. court last week informing them that while gay marriage is legal in D.C., their marriage was not because they had not been physically present in D.C. during the wedding. “We were stunned because the court had annulled our marriage without contacting us or our officiant,” Reed says. “There was a total lack of due process of law.”

Issues of legality surfaced immediately after their wedding prior to the annulment. “The Texas Division of Motor Vehicles refused to change the name on my driver’s license to my married name,” Reed tells dot429. “I had to go to court and spend $350 to get it changed. In the process, I was finger-printed so I could prove to [the Austin court] that I was not a criminal.” Reed states that if he had been married to a woman, the Texas DMV would not have sent him to the county court to change his name, saving him the legal fee.‚Ä®

Outside the courtroom, the couple was subject to a variety of anti-gay responses ranging from homophobic comments on their blog and video postings (mostly by “people who back up their comments with religion,” according to Reed) to unsolicited emails from the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) encouraging ex-gay therapy. The animosity of many of the anti-gay comments in the media made the couple uneasy about their safety. “It’s gotten to the point where I fear that with our home address published, somebody might try and harm us,” Reed says.

Regarding the letter, the couple feels an over-riding sense of injustice and suspect that the challenges to the legality of their marriage were homophobia-driven. “There are examples of heterosexual publicized Skype weddings that were allowed to be legal,” Reed points out. He and his partner are exploring the options for fighting the annulment. “Traveling to D.C. will be time-consuming and expensive, but we have to take a stand in our fight for equality.”

Written By:
Xiaolu Ning
Xiaolu Ning
Wed, Dec 08, 2010
Comment by General category
6 months ago

This is the easiest way of finding the best local garage to use for any auto repairs. The end result is the car is serviced or repaired the way you want it to be done and at prices agreed. road runner auto mart

A sound tech's primary duty is to assist the sound engineer and he has only one major responsibility, which is to be attentive. Here are some specific instructions to become a better sound tech. bright on tech

Sports Betting Champ, John Morrison is most well known for his 97% win rate MLB/NBA sports betting system. But, the Sports Betting Champ has also brought us other valuable products... safeguard sports

You are a sports fan and your life revolves around your favorite teams and athletes. Decorating a room to show off your team spirit and loyalty is a must. fan-sport

Looking for the best Christmas gift ideas for the sports fan as the holiday season approaches is a common experience. viking motor sports

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Training is not that complicated as it sounds. Though it is true that it requires skills and education to teach Swiss Mountain dogs and make them learn, but once you have been trained to train these dogs, things will become much easier. mountain dog mission

Although the information of its beginning is vague, the origin and historical background of Greater Swiss Mountain dog dates back to first century B. C. There are three stories that are usually told about these dogs' origin. top dog pet grooming

Just as people sometimes dread getting old, they also dread their pets getting old. Dogs and cats are living longer than ever and pet owners attribute some of the chronic problems they develop to just getting old. doc 4 pets

Before purchasing pet insurance for their pets, there are many factors that pet owners should consider. pet healing energy

Failure to do adequate research and fully understand what they are purchasing is the main reason that pet owners have claims denied and/or end up being disappointed with pet insurance. my pet folies

Perfect homes are those where you can feel relaxed, calm and comfy. A home of dreams is not easy to achieve. You have to bring your thoughts, ideas and dreams into reality. country home real estate

In today's tough real estate market, the Internet is playing a huge role in the buying and selling of real estate and is an almost limitless source of real estate information. pns real estate

Finding the right doctor for you and your family is an art in itself. Many people are not sure about how to look for a doctor. Conventionally, doctors are found by word of mouth. the family law doctor

The energy sector in Indonesia has struggled to keep up with the rapid pace of economic growth. Chronic under investment in systems improvements and new generation capacity, coupled with highly subsidized fuel and electricity rates, has left Indonesia in a dire situation. energy law journal

Most people hate laws since laws always restrict the freedom of human beings. In reality laws are like human beings who can be your friend, enemy, guide and servant. Read this article to know the fundamentals of law. olive law firm

Comment by General category
6 months ago

When you imagine a lawyer what do you see? More than likely you conjure up an idea of a powerful looking man or woman in a dark colored suit with a serious expression. lawyer cards

Vanity Laws - the fad of creating laws to honor the memory of someone who has met a tragic end is ushering in a tragic end to democracy. It's time this nonsense was stopped. charles colman law

All civilized societies pay lot of emphasis on the rule of law. The developed countries are quite proud of their strict enforcement of law while the poor nations are often ashamed that they can't make their society law compliant. mark renken law

If you're planning to attend a kid's birthday party, or if Christmas is around the corner, you may need to start thinking about finding the best gifts for kids that are age appropriate. healthy kids company

In the last few months there have been many Health Care Reform rules and regulations updated by the Health and Human Services Department. But despite all the media coverage of these events, many people still hold fast to certain myths surrounding ObamaCare. lumina sanare health center

Health, good or bad, is too often something that happens TO people. This article offers an alternative way to view health, as either static or earned. hygieia home health

How often do you look in the mirror and say "If I could just lose ten pounds, then I would be happy"? Unfortunately, the majority of American women and girls are dissatisfied with their bodies, and many take extreme measures in an attempt to change their bodies. healthy body z

Your computer is hacked? what to do now? Here are the steps to take if your computer is victim of a hacker. hack 4 health

here is so much information available on the internet right now regarding travel. There are online travel sites for cruises, hotels, air, trains and any other type of travel. any minute travel

There is no dearth of travel enthusiasts in India. Most Indian travelers prefer international destinations to spend their holidays. travel no 1

Car finance has become big business. A huge number of new and used car buyers in the UK are making their vehicle purchase on finance of some sort, and many people choose to arrange it through the dealership. green deal finance

we are beginning to witness a change in how business owners access finance with many now actively seeking out alternative sources. finance planet

Talk to any business owner or read the business section of any newspaper and you're likely to come across stories of struggles to access sufficient finance to grow or maintain their business the business hive

Businesses are looking for opportunities to obtain alternative financing in the face of the dwindling lending appetite from banks. my real business

Are you having a financial business website? Are you happy with the return of your investment in developing the website? I mean to say is the site focused to showcase your business? connect businesses

Comment by herni
6 months ago
Comment by obatasamurat
5 months ago

Nice to be visiting your blog again, i was just browsing along and came upon your blog. just wanted to say good blog and this article really helped me.


Comment by realjames9
5 months ago

Really useful stuff you got here. intresting and thanks for sharing French Open 2016 Live Streaming

Comment by obatasamurat
5 months ago

it was amazing the contents of the articles you post , it is very beneficial to me personally . thank you








Comment by ninestab
3 months ago

http://www.michaelkors-outlet-online.us.com/, http://www.uggs-outletboots.in.net/, http://www.burberryoutlet-store.us.com/, http://www.louisvuitton.ar.com/, http://www.rayban-sunglasses.in.net/, http://www.michaelkors-outlet-online.us.org/, http://www.longchamphandbagsoutlet.us.com/, http://www.air-jordanshoes.net/, http://www.oakleysunglasses.com.co/, http://www.ray-ban-sunglasses.in.net/, http://www.louisvuitton-outlets.org/, http://www.rolexreplicawatches.us.com/, http://www.christian--louboutin.org.uk/, http://www.cheapuggboots.in.net/, http://www.longchamphandbags.in.net/, http://www.michael-korsoutletonline.eu.com/, http://www.michaelkors-handbags.in.net/, http://www.louisvuitonoutlet.us.com/, http://www.polo-ralph-lauren.us.com/, http://www.oakley-sunglasses.in.net/, http://www.cheap-uggs.in.net/, http://www.michael-korsoutlet.in.net/, http://www.tiffanyandcosale.us.com/, http://www.redbottoms.in.net/, http://www.oakley--sunglasses.com.co/, http://www.polo-ralph-lauren-outlet.us.com/, http://www.oakleysunglassesoutlet.us.org/, http://www.guccioutletonline.in.net/, http://www.longchamp-outlet.in.net/, http://www.oakleysunglasses1.us.com/, http://www.uggs-outlet.in.net/, http://www.christian-louboutin-shoes.in.net/, http://www.nike-outlet.in.net/, http://www.prada-outlets.in.net/, http://www.louisvuitton-outlet-store.com/, http://www.uggsoutlets.us.com/, http://www.prada-handbags.us.com/, http://www.louis-vuittonhandbags.org/, http://www.burberryoutlet-stores.us.com/, http://www.christianlouboutin-outlet.in.net/, http://www.rayban--sunglasses.org/, http://www.replica--watches.com/, http://www.toryburch-outletonline.in.net/, http://www.outletonline-michaelkors.com/

Comment by fitaang
2 months ago

Your website is really inspiring for me to achieve success, keep the spirit. Ace Maxs Obat Sering Kesemutan

Comment by lukm4n
about 1 month ago






thanks For share , Nice information an article is good
Comment by fitaang
about 1 month ago

Your website is really inspiring for me to achieve success, keep the spirit. Distributor Obat Herbal Terpercaya dan Konsultasi Kesehatan

Comment by fitaang
23 days ago

I am very impressed with the work you create this website, this website in my opinion is the only one of the most delicious web to visit, and the design is also very creative. Obat Dahak Obat Hamstring Obat Cegukan Obat Asam Lambung Naik Obat Daya Tahan Tubuh Lemah

Comment by fitaang
23 days ago
Comment by fitaang
22 days ago

If this is my last night with you, Hold me like I'm more than just a friend,Give me a memory I can use, Take me by the hand while we do what lovers do, It matters how this ends, 'Cause what if I never love again? Obat Penyubur Pria

Comment by hernakantor
5 days ago

Good morning, thans for information Harga dan cara order QnC Jelly Gamat

Comment by hernakantor
5 days ago
Comment by hernakantor
1 day ago

good morning and good sense of humor Obat Diabetes Kering Paling Ampuh

Comment by hernakantor
1 day ago


People are Busting a Gut Over the OUT Milo Yiannopoulos Profile
Dispatch from San Francisco: Transparent Season 3 Premieres at the Castro
Glass Act: A Look at Luminaire Showroom's 'Glaslove'
Do you own your own business?
Trying to