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Juan Carlos Campos

 Juan Carlos Campos

Juan Carlos Campos

Mass marriage ceremonies are scheduled on the steps of Bexar County Courthouse.

By Katherine Garcia

kgarcia203@student.alamo.edu

Couples looking to make this upcoming Valentine’s Day special need look no further than the Bexar County Courthouse at 100 Dolorosa St.

At midnight Wednesday, the Rev. Joe Sullivan, psychology professor at this college, will perform the first of a series of mass weddings throughout the day. Ceremonies continue at 10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Couples — except active military — arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled ceremony and obtain a $66 marriage license 72 hours before the ceremony.

The license is available at the county clerk’s office in Room 104 of the Bexar County Courthouse.

Laura Jesse, Bexar County Courthouse public relations officer, said Sullivan has been performing these ceremonies since 1989.

The county is not involved, as they only issue the marriage licenses, Jesse said.

Last year, gay and lesbian couples attempted to join the ceremony in protest that gay marriage is not legal in Texas.

The gay and lesbian couples were asked to join the spectators.

This year, all couples are invited to join the ceremonies.

In addition to the marriage ceremonies, couples are invited to a vow renewal ceremony and dinner reception at the Fiesta Room of Luby’s, 911 N. Main Ave.

To obtain a marriage license, call 210-335-2216.

For more information, visit www.co.bexar.tx.us or call 210-335-2011.

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