Valentine's Day, the New Marriage Equality Holiday

Monday, Feb 14, 2011  |  Updated 5:15 PM PDT
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Same-sex couple Molly McKay (R) and Davina Kotulski (L) hold hands during a sit-in protest when same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses from the San Francisco county clerk on February 14, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Close to a dozen same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses were arrested after they staged a sit-in demonstration inside the office of San Francisco's county clerk. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Same-sex couples from around the Bay Area marked Valentine's Day by heading to local county clerks' offices to protest the state's ban on gay marriage.

Marriage Equality USA spokeswoman Molly McKay said that at least a dozen same-sex couples attemped to apply for marriage licenses at th  clerk's office in San Francisco, and as many as 100 gay  marriage supporters attended a simultaneous office sit-in.

"We're going to make sure that there's still a clear pathway for  our heterosexual brothers and sisters to make it to the marriage counter,"  McKay said.


Similar protests happened at clerks' office around California and the country, Marriage Equality organizer Leslie Stewart said,  including one this afternoon at the clerk-recorder's office in Contra Costa  County.

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