About Me

Gay Marriage Battle In Virginia

By Charlotte Robinson, September 30, 2013
Now that Theodore B. Olson, David Boies & the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) have eliminated California’s Proposition 8 they have announced that they have joined the federal constitutional challenge to Virginia’s ban on marriage equality. The Bostic v. Rainey case contends that the Virginia Marriage Amendment & other Virginia laws that prohibit gay & lesbian couples from marrying are unconstitutional. Theodore B. Olson the Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel stated, “This case is about state laws that violate personal freedoms, are unnecessary government intrusions & cause serious harm to loving gay & lesbian couples. As a Virginian & a conservative, I believe these laws stand against the very principles of our nation’s founding. Our Plaintiffs have been together for a combined 52 years, yet Virginia will not allow their relationship to be recognized in any way. Virginia’s laws violate core personal freedoms, they are humiliating & demeaning & they harm loving families.” David Boies Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel added, “Virginia gave us the first marriage equality case & the one that most clearly established that the right to marry the person you love is a fundamental right of all Americans. It’s fitting, then, that Virginia be the battleground for another great test of that principle. Gay & lesbian couples are guaranteed the same marriage rights as straight couples & the Commonwealth of Virginia cannot impinge on that fundamental right. Any alternative is separate & unequal and relegates gays & lesbians & the children they are raising, to second class status.” Virginia Marriage Amendment was enacted in November 2006 which amended the Virginia Constitution to define marriage as solely between one man & one woman & bans recognition of any legal status for gays & lesbians couples.
For More Info: afer.org 
Listen: Rev Richard Emmanuel On Pope’s LGBT Humanity & More
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™
View Our Historic Short Trailer on Gay Marriage

No comments:

Featured Post

Helping PFLAG Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Transgender PFLAG teen Beatrix Jackman in Austin, Texas is among the first female Scouts to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. The teen passed he...

Popular Posts