ACLU Challenges Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

ACLU Challenges Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Play associated audio
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartwrightson/8320603072/

For Linda Kaufman, today is not just an important day in the history of civil rights in Virginia. It's also a significant day for her relationship with her life partner.

"LeeAnn and I met in 1997, and today actually is the 15th anniversary of our commitment service," she says.

They were married in D.C. three years ago, but Virginia does not recognize their marriage because of a constitutional amendment Virginia voters approved in 2006 prohibiting gay marriage.

"Virginia, although it recognizes relationships and marriages from all over the world, will not recognize my marriage with LeeAnn, and so we would like that to change."

That's why Kaufman and other advocates for gay marriage are cheering a federal lawsuit filed today in Harrisonburg. The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal filed the suit on behalf of two couples, one from Staunton and one from Winchester. Amanda Goad is staff attorney with the ACLU.

"It's particularly important to them to have their families respected under Virginia law before the children are old enough to really understand just how badly their families are being disrespected."

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be defending the prohibition against gay marriage. In a written statement, the attorney general says Virginia has followed the traditional definition of marriage for 400 years, a definition that was enshrined in an amendment approved by a majority of Virginia voters in 2006.

NPR

Not My Job: Comedian Jenny Slate Gets Quizzed On Jennifer Lopez

Slate has rocketed to fame with her online film series Marcel the Shell with Shoes On and the movie Obvious Child — but there are some other famous Jennifers out there ...
NPR

Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.
NPR

North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

The secretive regime denies any involvement with the Sony Pictures hack and says the U.S. must allow it to help find the real culprit. Or else.
NPR

Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.