Tuesday, July 9, 2013

ACLU & Lambda Legal Challenge Virginia's Marriage Ban

From Lambda Legal:
Today Lambda Legal announced that it is in the planning stages of a new federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Virginia with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). 
"The end of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act opens a new chapter in our work to ensure same-sex couples and their families across the country are treated with dignity and respect," said Greg Nevins, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office based in Atlanta. "We know that many same-sex couples and their families have waited a long time and we are excited to announce that the campaign for the freedom to marry is coming south." 
"We do not want a country so divided by unfairness and discrimination. Same-sex couples are in loving, committed relationships in every region of our nation and should be treated the same way, whether they live in Maine or Virginia. This is one America," added Nevins...
...Lambda Legal will file a marriage lawsuit in Virginia as co-counsel as co-counsel with the ACLU and the ACLU of Virginia in the coming weeks. Virginia couples who have suffered from discrimination and are interested in sharing how marriage discrimination harms their families or being a part of a campaign for the freedom to marry are encouraged to fill out a survey at http://action.aclu.org/couples.

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