We the undersigned respectfully ask Bexar County to open Valentine's Day wedding ceremonies on the Bexar County, Texas Courthouse steps to attendant clergy from various congregations. We ask that the County decide who the officiants will be by lottery, giving each applicant a fair chance to perform the Valentine's Day wedding ceremonies. Those getting married could then choose which ceremony to attend. Bexar County's Courthouse steps have been the setting for mass weddings every Valentine's Day for over 20 years. Pastor Joe Sullivan has been the sole clergy member to officiate over these events, and he has built a career for himself in the wedding industry over those years. On Valentine's Day, 2012, Pastor Sullivan stated that several gay couples were in attendance solely "to be repulsive" and "disgusting", and he repeatedly threatened them with vengeance on the part of God. Several people were tearful at the hateful tirade, which lasted for about five minutes. Sullivan clearly holds views that are not representative of our diverse city. Futhermore, no person should be permitted to monopolize this event, nor does Sullivan own the concept. Free Valentine's Day weddings are held in hundreds of counties across the United States, and Sullivan's was not the first such celebration. We ask that Bexar County open these ceremonies to attendant clergy by lottery, and that they allow future Valentine's Day wedding celebrations to truly reflect the diversity and magnificence that is Bexar County, Texas.
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