ICYMI: Next step towards marriage equality

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. In it, I discuss the correct decision by those involved in Virginia's marriage equality case to appeal the 4th Circuit decision in Bostic v. Schaefer to the U. S. Supreme Court. I have been hearing rumblings that some supporters of marriage equality didn't want the decision … Continue reading ICYMI: Next step towards marriage equality

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Marriage equality case fast-tracked in 4th Circuit

From the AFER press release yesterday: Richmond, VA – On Monday, March 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted AFER’s proposed motion for an expedited briefing schedule in Virginia’s marriage equality case, Bostic v. Schaefer (formerly Bostic v. Rainey). On February 13, 2014, the Federal District Court for the Eastern … Continue reading Marriage equality case fast-tracked in 4th Circuit

Suit filed to end VA’s marriage ban

Lambda Legal, The American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed suit today to overturn Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. The press release is here. The actual filing is here.  The plantiffs in the suit are Joanne Harris and Jessica Duff of Staunton and Christy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd of … Continue reading Suit filed to end VA’s marriage ban

ICYMI: A tale of two marriages

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. Until I read the Ohio court order, I had no clue that the couple mentioned had been married on the same day and in the same state as I had been. I spoke with someone yesterday who had been following me on Twitter that day; … Continue reading ICYMI: A tale of two marriages

The day will come

It's no longer a matter of "if", but "when." Marriage equality will come to every state, including Virginia. Last week, two Norfolk men filed suit challenging Virginia's marriage inequality. Three days later, an Ohio judge issued a restraining order which forbade the registrar of deaths from accepting a death certificate that did not reflect that … Continue reading The day will come

A rapid and welcome shift in perceptions

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. The cartoon that accompanied the column couldn't have been more perfect: marriage equality is coming, whether the Supremes like it or not. Maureen Dowd's column, printed in today's paper in the same middle space of the page, calls out the court for its reluctance to … Continue reading A rapid and welcome shift in perceptions

Hundreds gather in Norfolk for marriage equality

A vigil was held last night in Norfolk for marriage equality. According to this report, hundreds from across Hampton Roads came together at the federal court house. I was there in spirit, although not in body due to my work schedule. Yesterday, of course, was the day that the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in … Continue reading Hundreds gather in Norfolk for marriage equality

The times, they are a-changin’

Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don't stand in the doorway Don't block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled There's a battle outside And it is ragin' It'll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin'. It's been nearly a … Continue reading The times, they are a-changin’