*Love is so powerful. It can develop anywhere apparently. And for two women in the midst of the Ferguson protests, following the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, it happened. And now they are getting married.
Alexis Templeton, 20, and Brittany Ferrell, 25, are two of the co-founders of Millennial Activists United. When they first met last August, it was amidst the loud chanting of protestors who sought police accountability after Brown was killed by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The two are also both plaintiffs in a federal court case against law enforcement agencies over their heavy-handed response to demonstrations.
They started dating not long after. On Tuesday afternoon, Templeton formally proposed to Ferrell at City Hall, and the couple then picked up a marriage license.
Some of the activists and members of the media showed up to watch the proposal. Ferrell told those who had gathered that she had suggested to Ferrell on Monday that they get engaged. The couple plans to hold a formal ceremony soon, she added; and they have not yet set a wedding date. They will, however, need to gather signatures from witnesses and an ordained minister in order for the license to become binding within in 30 days.
After the couple signed their marriage license, people chanted, “Black love matters” inside the city hall office.
“She’d made me happy for 130 days, and I want to make her happy for the rest of her life,” Templeton told the crowd.
Templeton’s sister, Bre, who is 23, said she didn’t know Templeton was interested in Ferrell until mid-September.
“Alex came up and sat with my son and she fed him,” she said. “She was like, ‘Dude, I got a crush.’ I was like, ‘OK, that’s cool.’ And she was like, ‘No, I got a crush on a girl.’ I asked her how she felt about it and she said good. I asked her if she wanted to talk about it and she said no.” Alexis laughed as Bre recalled the conversation.
Jamell Spann, a 21-year-old also from Ferguson, played the role of best man during the proposal.
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