Valentine's Day: a perfect opportunity to head down to city hall with the one you love ... and get arrested.
Marriage Equality advocates around the country will descent on clerk's offices today to demand marriage licenses, according to the Appeal.
Here in San Francisco, crowds will gather in Civic Center at 11am, and will move into City Hall at noon. Some activists are planning a sit-in, and will likely be arrested.
Although city hall staff are sympathetic to the protest and to the cause of marriage equality, they're prohibited by law from issuing the licenses. For now.
Noteworthy exceptions are states like Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa, where gay couples are perfectly capable of getting married. With intensive legislative action going on right now, Maryland and Rhode Island may soon join them.
Illinois recently passed civil union legislation, though the law won't take effect until summer. And Hawaii is expected to pass civil unions later this year.