Ferguson residents and protest leaders Brittany Ferrell and Alexis Templeton got engaged at St. Louis City Hall city hall recently. Templeton declared her love for Ferrell in front of fellow Ferguson activists, “Since she’s made me happy for 130 days, I want to make her happy for the rest of my life.” This marriage is something that only became possible a month before in Missouri and this couple formed four months ago right after the tragic shooting death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson police office Darren Wilson who wasn’t indicted for the murder.
The two lovebirds and activists founded Millennial Activists United with friend to #TeamBeautiful, Ashley Yates and since Brown’s death, these 20-somethings have been leading the charge in Ferguson protests. And as Ferrell and Templeton’s beautiful fairy tale would have it, they fell in love on the front lines of the protest.
“One hundred and thirty days ago, I fell in love with somebody and her six-year-old mini me,” Templeton said to Ferrell in her proposal. “I didn’t expect you to want to be with me … other than fight on the front lines with me. You have every single piece of my heart.”
Templeton and Ferrell embraced when they first met. Ferrell said, “I embraced her just because she was there. You hug people and you welcome them, especially in a time like that.” That was the beginning of their connection. Both ladies are students at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and they have put their education on hold to devote themselves to protesting against police brutality.
During Templeton and Ferrell’s engagement, as Templeton told their story of love, fellow supporters surrounded them on the marble steps of the city hall building. She said, “Last night, we were sitting in the kitchen and she asked me, ‘Would you marry me?’ I said, ‘Absolutely. As a matter of fact, I’ll do it tomorrow.’” Of course the crowd erupted in a chorus of “awws” when Templeton got down on one knee and asked Ferrell to marry her.
On November 5th, a state judge overturned Missouri’s constitutional ban on gay marriage so Ferrell and Templeton were able to apply for and receive their marriage license. They will have 30 days to wed by a judge or officiant. According to reports, there was more then enough members of the clergy present who could have led a ceremony that day, but the couple decided to wait and plan a wedding.
“There’s going to be a lot of food, drinks, happiness,” Templeton said.
After they received the license in the small office, the crowd chanted, “Black love matters.”