1 Mile March
From the Press Release:
On Friday, June 4 at 2:00pm, Rachel Miller, of Chicago, IL, and Lindsey O’Brien, of Moline, IL, a same-sex couple from Illinois will apply for a marriage license at the Rock Island County Marriage Bureau in Rock Island, IL. Same-sex marriage is not recognized under Illinois statute. Following the denial of their
license, Rachel and Lindsey will march with friends one mile over the Centennial Bridge across the Mississippi River to Iowa and apply for their license at the Scott County Marriage Bureau in Davenport,
IA. Same-sex marriage has been recognized in Iowa since 2009. After filing for their marriage license, the group will return via the same route to Illinois, and convene at the Quad Citians Affirming Diversity office at 1608 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL to view a short documentary on equal marriage in Iowa, Heartland Transport. Discussion on issues of equal rights in Illinois and Iowa will follow the documentary screening.
This action is open to the public. It is meant to raise awareness about the continued need for federal recognition of same-sex marriage. Though same-sex marriage is recognized in Iowa, all legal marriage rights dissolve halfway across the Mississippi. The march highlights the legal and emotional distance one mile can span.
Rachel and Lindsey maintain a blog at rlwed.wordpress.com on issues of equal marriage in the Midwest. Heartland Transport is a film by Cody Stokes, featuring Ed Reggi and Scott Emanuel, and sixteen other Missourian couples who travel to Iowa to legally wed.