Craig Kramer, Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder's Office manager, talks with Shelly Bailes, center, and Ellen Pontac of Davis on Thursday — Freedom to Marry Day — in front of his office. Kati Garner/Courtesy photo

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Lobbying for marriage equality

By From page A5 | February 15, 2013

Valentine’s Day provided the backdrop for some marriage equality political action Thursday at the Sacramento County Clerk-Recorder’s Office as same-sex couples, accompanied by their friends and supporters, applied for marriage licenses as part of Freedom to Marry Week. Davis residents Shelly Bailes, center, and Ellen Pontac — who have been a couple for 39 years and are legally married — chat with Craig Kramer, Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder’s Office manager, outside his office. This is the 15th consecutive year that couples have appeared at clerk’s offices across the country to request marriage licenses and to educate people about the impacts that excluding them from marriage cause them and their families. The events are sponsored by a coalition of diverse organizations, including Marriage Equality USA, California Faith for Equality, the Foundation for Family and Marriage Equality, GetEQUAL and the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations. Kati Garner/Courtesy photo

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