Marshall group starts Pride Week with ‘marriages’

Parthenon photo by Andrea Steele Samantha Lengyel and Jenna Jenkins, sophomore accounting and finances majors, participate in Marriage Day inside of the Memorial Student Center Monday.
Parthenon photo by Andrea Steele
Samantha Lengyel and Jenna Jenkins, sophomore accounting and finances majors, participate in Marriage Day inside of the Memorial Student Center Monday.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Marshall University LAMBDA Society represented the gay community Monday by unofficially marrying couples to start off Pride Week.

West Virginia became one of 37 states to legalize gay marriage Oct. 9, 2014.

Britta Aquirre, vice president of the LAMBDA Society, said anyone could be married, and to prove that point, the first couple of the day was a straight couple.

“We want to normalize things,” Aquirre said. “We want to say, ‘Hey, we are the same, and we should be treated as such.’”

Breonna Patterson, president of the society, said during the first hour of the event, six couples and one trio were married.

Couples paid $5 to be unofficially married under a fabric-laden arch…

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