A Texas couple on Thursday was arrested protesting the state's gay marriage ban.

Mark “Major” Jiminez and Beau Chandler of Dallas refused to leave the Dallas County Clerk's office after they were denied a marriage license, gay weekly the Dallas Voice reported.

Chandler crossed out the word “bride” on the marriage application and wrote “not applicable.”

Chandler said that the clerk who turned them away “got teary-eyed when I said we love each other and want to get married.”

After they were refused a license, the couple handcuffed themselves to each other, clasped hands, shared a kiss and sat down on the floor at the head of the line.

“This is about not being treated equal,” Jiminez told reporters.

Chandler said Jiminez had proposed to him in May: “He made breakfast and I was eating pancakes and found a ring inside. He asked if I would be his husband.”

The men said they were planning a symbolic wedding ceremony in September to coincide with Dallas Gay Pride.

At the end of the day, after everyone had been cleared out of the building, the men were carted away by police. (Video of the protest is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)