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Houston Couple wins "My Big Gay (Il)Legal Wedding" contest

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Watching them together it's not hard to see that Jeff Robertson and Jeremiah Pyant are very much in love. "Love is love," said Pyant.
    They met 4 years ago on an airplane and late last year Jeff proposed on bended knee on a beach in Mexico. "That's the ultimate, ultimate dream I've ever had," said Pyant.
    Now in a couple of weeks the happy couple is getting married  -- but not in Texas where, like 32 other states, same-sex marriage is banned.  "We want the same protections, same right as everyone else," said Robertson.
    Recent court rulings overturned the ban in Texas and other states, though "stays" have been issued pending appeals. "This is ludicrous like we want to be able to protect what we have.  Ther natural progression of our relationship is to get married, so why not protect that, we're gonna be together for a long time," said Robertson.
    After 400 entries and 200,000 votes, Jeff and Jeremiah, along with 4 other gay and lesbian couples nationwide, won the American Civil Liberties Union's "Big Gay (Il)Legal Wedding" contest.
    They'll get $5,000 for a dream wedding in a state where same-sex marriage is legal.  It's all to raise awareness about marriage inequality.  "In our wildest dreams I don't ever thought it would be possible," said Robertson.
    The plan is to ride in a hot-air balloon from El Paso over the border to New Mexico, where same-sex marriage is legal... all to prove a point.   "It actually makes me feel less of a person, it does hurt inside but outside as well, because I'm very proud of the relationship we have."
    The couple will wed the week of April 28th.

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