Surrounded by turmoil in the streets of Ferguson, Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell fell in love.
On Tuesday, the two University of Missouri-St. Louis students and activist leaders started to make their love official by getting engaged on the steps of St. Louis City Hall and applying for their marriage license. The couple says they're still planning their ceremony -- no surprise since Ferrell had only proposed the day before.
Today, in the middle of the revolution, the most amazing woman I have ever met is going to marry me.— Alexis (@MusicOverPeople) December 16, 2014
Templeton, 20, and Ferrell, 25, cofounded Millennial Activists United with Ashley Yates, another black woman in her twenties, a youth-led organization that fights not only against the racism illuminated by the Ferguson protests but also against sexism and homophobia.
freedom to LOVE. freedom to LIVE. #ALLBlackLivesMatter— brittany. (@bdoulaoblongata) December 16, 2014
You have those who try to take what women have done for this movement (so far) away & try to push them to the back.— Alexis (@MusicOverPeople) December 9, 2014
Anyway, the reminder that #BlackLivesMatter is brought to you by Black, queer women. And you will deal with it. Soak in that discomfort.— Alexis (@MusicOverPeople) December 9, 2014
Missouri has one of the most complicated gay marriage laws in the country. Only three places -- St. Louis, St. Louis County and Jackson County -- allow same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses following a judge's ruling in a St. Louis case that Missouri's ten-year-old, voter-approved ban is unconstitutional.
If we are going to uplift intersectionality and carve out a space for the marginalized, we will ignore NO parts.— brittany. (@bdoulaoblongata) December 13, 2014