Local activists came together on Friday to celebrate Valentine’s Weekend with purpose. The Valentine March for Equality brought same-sex couples to the county clerk’s office before marching to City Hall.

The event took a three-pronged approach to raising awareness that “love is love” on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year. First, several couples symbolically applied and were denied marriage licenses at the Harris County Clerk’s office.

From there, the crowd took their signs and their gumption to the streets in a mile-long march to Houston City Hall. That’s where a final leg in the equality tour rallied the crowd with interfaith leaders, including Rob Hall of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of Texas and Houston Pride Grand Marshal nominee Augie Augustine.

This is at least the fourth year that LGBT Houston protesters have come together to draw attention to marriage equality, including in 2012 and 2013.

Photos by Rob Martinez Photography