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134K people across the world urge Virginia to drop proposed anti-LGBT bill

As members of the Virginia’s House of Delegates prepare to hear an anti-LGBT bill, 134,000 All Out members globally including 40,000 in the USA and 7,000 in Virginia have spoken out against the proposed legislation.


Mitt Romney proceeds to fulfill the definition of insanity

On Friday, Mitt Romney finally told the truth about his interest in a third presidential run to a room full of Republican donors, as if he hadn’t planned for this all along.


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ACLU calls for defeat of bill licensing discrimination against LGBT Virginians

The ACLU of Virginia released the following statement attributed to Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, Executive Director, ACLU of Virginia regarding HB1414, a bill to license discrimination that was pre-filed for consideration in the 2015 General Assembly Session by Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Manassas).


E.W. Jackson launches national movement to protect rights of Christians

2013 Republican lieutenant governor nominee E.W. Jackson has launched a national movement to protect Christians from “growing hostility, discrimination and anti-Christian bigotry.”


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Supreme Court punts on gay marriage: How the GOP loses the White House, again

That the political winds are pushing Republicans is obvious not only to the Fox News-glued set. UVA politics professor Larry Sabato calls it the sixth-year itch; a second-term president, a lame-duck from the moment he is re-elected, historically struggles in his second midterm elections.


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McAuliffe signs executive order directing state agencies to comply with same sex marriage ruling

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order #30, directing all Virginia state agencies, authorities, commissions and other entities to make the necessary policy changes to comply with yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision.


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Sen. Mark Warner comment on gay marriage ruling

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for same-sex marriage in Virginia.


E.W. Jackson comments on Supreme Court gay marriage ruling

Bishop E.W. Jackson is warning pastors and churches not to be complacent about the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to take up the same sex marriage issue.


U.S. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis on gay marriage ruling

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis made the following statement following the announcement Monday by the United State Supreme Court that it would not review pending decisions by lower courts regarding same-sex marriage.


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ACLU of Virginia celebrates Supreme Court decision on gay marriage

The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday denied review in all of the freedom to marry cases pending before it. As a result of the Court’s action, same-sex couples in Virginia will now be able to marry the partners they love and married same sex-couples will be able to have their marriages recognized in Virginia.


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Virginia Democrats comment on Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

The Supreme Court today denied a writ of certiorati in the case that overturned Virginia’s ban on gay marriages, making marriage equality finally legal for all Virginians.


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Task force comments on gay marriage ruling

Today the United States Supreme Court denied review of seven federal appeals court decisions striking down marriage bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.


Bob Marshall on Supreme Court gay marriage decision

The US Supreme Court has left the scene of a “hit and run” it caused by letting stand the decision of two federal Appeals judges striking down Virginia’s voter-approved Marriage Amendment.


House Speaker Bill Howell statement on gay marriage ruling

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Monday on the Supreme Court decision in the Virginia gay marriage case.


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Tim Kaine statement on Supreme Court gay marriage ruling

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision not to review same-sex marriage cases in Virginia and four other states, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to begin taking place in the Commonwealth.


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Still work to do: Supreme Court ruling leaves marriage issue somewhat unresolved

Today the Supreme Court denied review of five cases seeking the freedom to marry, leaving standing marriage victories in several federal circuits and opening the door to the freedom to marry in many more states, while deferring for another day the national resolution that Freedom to Marry, businesses, elected officials, and families across the country had urged now.


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Marriage equality for all: Supreme Court lets gay marriage rulings stand

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a surprise move, denied review Monday to five rulings from lower federal courts in cases involving gay marriage, leaving standing marriage equality victories in several federal circuits and opening the door to the freedom to marry for LGBT couples in many more states.


Angry white men on the right

I have been thinking about the anger of many white men, and why they’ve lent the force of that anger to the political right.


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Equality Virginia disappointed in Supreme Court decision to stay marriage ruling

In response to U.S. Supreme Court decision to stay the marriage ruling of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the following can be attributed to James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia:


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ACLU statement on Supreme Court stay of Virginia marriage decision

ACLU of Virginia Executive Director, Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, issued a statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to stay the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Schaefer v. Bostic striking down Virginia’s discriminatory marriage ban.


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Faith community responds to Supreme Court ruling in marriage case

POFEV has released a growing list of clergy across Virginia who have stated they stand ready to conduct legally recognized marriages of gay and lesbian couples and will continue to conduct religious marriages until Virginia’s ban on legal recognition is struck down.


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AG asks U.S. Supreme Court to review marriage equality case

As announced earlier this week, Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States asking the Court to review the district and appeals court’s decisions striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.


Virginia Christian Alliance on same sex marriage decision

There are many arguments of sound reason for marriage only between one man and one woman. They have been articulated over and over and today pro-family organizations will again state those arguments.


Warner, Kaine on same sex marriage case

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine respond to the Fourth Circuit Court ruling in the Virginia same sex marriage case.


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Appeals court strikes down Virginia same sex marriage ban

Today, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals became just the second federal appeals court since last year’s Windsor case to affirm the Constitutional requirement of marriage equality. The court voted 2-1 to overturn the Virginia ban on same sex marriage.


Blog: Two dads and second parent adoption

We live in a very conservative part of Virginia so we knew there was the possibility that two gay men raising children would raise some eyebrows. It has, but overall it’s been okay.


Let’s play some Karl Rove on Karl Rove

You can’t negotiate a truce with a guy like Karl Rove, and you can’t make peace with him, either, by endlessly parsing his words. So how do you neutralize him? By playing his game.


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Rally for Marriage Equality in Richmond on Tuesday

Hundreds of Virginians are expected to convene outside the courthouse in Richmond on Tuesday to show their support for marriage equality in Virginia.


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Primer: Businesses aren’t bound by the First Amendment

You may be weak-spined, depending on the perspective, but since you’re not Congress, you’re not capable of violating anybody’s First Amendment rights.


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LGBT advocates, tax professionals say state’s tax policy is discriminatory

Virginia’s policy of requiring married lesbian and gay couples to file their state income tax returns as “individuals” is not only burdensome and confusing, but also discriminatory toward married gay and lesbian couples while also hurting businesses.


Stone Cold Steve Austin on gay marriage: He supports it

When you see a headline promising you details on Stone Cold Steve Austin and his position on gay marriage, you don’t expect to read about how he supports it. But that is the case, as Austin revealed on his podcast this week.


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Report: Marriage equality can boost Virginia economy by $60 million

Extending marriage to lesbian and gay couples in Virginia would generate up to $60 million in spending to the state economy according to a report released today by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.


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Lynchurg faithful gather to stand on the side of marriage equality

In the same town where prominent national faith leaders continue to preach against equality — especially marriage equality – -for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, other faith leaders and citizens gathered today in Lynchburg.


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Herring files brief in same sex marriage case

Attorney General Mark R. Herring today filed the Commonwealth of Virginia’s brief in the appeal of Bostic v. Rainey in the Fourth Circuit. In it, the Commonwealth explains the reasons Norfolk federal district Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled correctly in concurring with Attorney General Herring’s conclusion that Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional.


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Equality Virginia celebrates 25th year with Mark Warner, Mark Herring

At its 11th annual Commonwealth Dinner on Saturday night, Equality Virginia celebrated its 25th year of working toward equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Virginians.


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Poll: Increasing support in Virginia for medical marijuana, gay marriage

Virginia voters support medical marijuana by an overwhelming 84 – 13 percent, but support for recreational marijuana is divided, with a large generation gap and a smaller gender gap, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.


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Report: Young conservatives support gay marriage?

Recent polls show record-levels of support for the freedom to marry. This surge in support is only possible due to a major shift in Republican attitudes on gay marriage.


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Kaine urges President Obama for executive order protecting LGBT workers

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine joined more than 175 Senators and Representatives to write a letter to President Barack Obama calling on him to issue an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


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Virginians leading LGBT equality efforts to be recognized by Equality Virginia

On Saturday, April 5, Equality Virginia will recognize the 2014 class of OUTstanding Virginians – those who represent Virginia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community with distinction and who are committed to moving the LGBT community forward.


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Appeals court allows Virginia marriage cases to be heard together

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted on Monday a motion to intervene in Bostic v. Rainey that had been filed by Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia on behalf of a class of all Virginia’s same-sex couples simultaneously challenging the state’s marriage ban in its own case, Harris v. Rainey.


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Poll: Support growing in South for marriage equality

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows a majority (50%) of people in the South support same-sex couples’ freedom to marry, with 42% opposed. A record-high 59% of Americans nationwide support marriage for gay couples.


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ACLU, Lambda Legal seek to intervene in federal marriage case in Virginia

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Virginia, and Lambda Legal filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to intervene on behalf of all Virginia’s same-sex couples and their families in Bostic v. Rainey.


Chris Graham: The Smile and Smooch Cam and same sex uncomfortableness

It’s hard to imagine at UVa., where the student section still yells “Not gay!” at a key moment of the school song, right after the words, “We come from Old Virginia, where all is bright and gay,” that our Smile and Smooch Cam will anytime soon feature an actual same sex couple.


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Across the board reaction to same sex marriage ruling

Groups on all sides of the political spectrum have been weighing in on the ruling of federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen that overturned Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage in the case of Bostic v. McDonnell.


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Federal court overturns Virginia same sex marriage ban

A federal court in Virginia has ruled that Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional, but the ruling was suspended in anticipation of an appeal, meaning no same sex marriages will yet be recognized in Virginia pending that appeal.