In an effort to get more people to use the word “bam” to describe each other, the packer and the singer have teamed up.
“Bam Bam” packer Sam Smithfield (left) and singer Bam Bam are among the gay couples that have been awarded marriage licenses in Texas since November.
“My first step was to ask if they were going to be allowed to marry, and the answer was yes,” Smithfield told CNN’s “New Day.”
“I had no idea they were allowed to do it, so I was like, ‘OK, I have a gay marriage license.’
That was pretty cool.”
Smithfield and Bam Bam’s new partner is another straight couple named Jody and Ryan, who wed in July at the Texas State Capitol.
The couple are among dozens of same-gender couples who are getting married across the United States in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in June.
“It was definitely a step in the right direction,” Smith, the band’s frontman, told CNN.
The state’s marriage laws do not allow same-labor unions or same-day marriages. “
As a result of the same-pride ceremonies, gay marriage in Texas has been allowed in most other states.
The state’s marriage laws do not allow same-labor unions or same-day marriages.
But it’s still illegal to discriminate against a same-class person because of sexual orientation.
“There’s no reason we can’t be married. “
In the past, we’ve had people think that they couldn’t marry us, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get married,” Smith said.
“There’s no reason we can’t be married.
The only difference is that we can be gay.”
Smith said he hopes the marriage licenses are “a start.”
“Hopefully, it will inspire other people, too,” he said.
The marriage licenses were issued in response to a Texas bill that would have prohibited same-union marriages.
Smith said that in his experience, most same-gendered couples are “very happy” with the state’s new law.
Smith and Bam were among the first couples to be certified with the new license, which is also valid for all same- and opposite-sex couples.
Smith’s husband, who is also the band manager, and Ryan’s mother, also became certified in June after a civil marriage in the state was finalized.
Smith told CNN that he’s been working on getting marriage licenses for other same- gender couples as well, but he said the licenses are the first step.
“When I saw the way people were responding to this, I was just overwhelmed,” he told CNN, adding that he thinks the licenses will be a “milestone” in the civil rights movement.
“I think it’s a great step,” he added.
“A lot of people want to get married and be recognized, but they don’t want to be denied their right to be able get married.”
Smith told “New Days” host Alisyn Camerota that he doesn’t think the state will get the same level of same sex marriage licenses as other states, but Smith said there are some who want it.
“You’re not going to see a lot of other states where the gay marriage laws are as strict as we’re in Texas,” Smith told Camerota.
“We have a lot more freedom to be ourselves, and I think that’s going to come through in the law.”