Monday, July 28, 2014

PFLAG National Statement on Marriage Decision in Commonwealth of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2014
Contact: Liz Owen | lowen@pflag.org> | (202) 467-8180 ext. 214

VIRGINIA TRULY IS FOR LOVERS!
PFLAG National Celebrates A Win for Equality in the Commonwealth of Virginia
WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization for parents, families, friends and allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)—today celebrated a ruling from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding the ruling that found Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.
“This is a huge win for our LGBT loved ones in the state of Virginia, who simply want the opportunity to make legal their commitment to their partners,” said PFLAG Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby. “ I congratulate PFLAGers across the state with special thanks to members from our chapters and the other organizations and people with whom they have collaborated, all of whom have worked so tirelessly on this issue.”

PFLAG National submitted to the 4th Circuit Court an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief, sharing the stories of PFLAGers whose lives, whether their own or their loved ones’, have been negatively affected by the ban. Included among them is a  statement from PFLAG National Board Member Linda Stroupe, whose own 42-year marriage, she says in the brief, is affirmed by the rights for all to be married.

“Marriage is the way that society affirms and recognizes a relationship. We should permit same-sex marriage, and with our laws tell same-sex couples that they are equal, and that their committed relationships are just as worthy of recognition as any other.”

PFLAG National Deputy Executive Director Beth Kohm added, “In our home in Virginia, my son is learning of the proud history of the Commonwealth. The opportunity for all families to be recognized is a Virginian value in 2014 and one that I am hopeful will be added to the rich heritage of Virginia. I’m proud to be a part of PFLAG, and we will continue to work in preparation for the inevitable appeal of this ruling, until the day that marriage equality is the law of the land in the Commonwealth.”

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Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has more than 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states. To learn more, visit www.pflag.org.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

the battle is almost over and gays have won.

Whats next - protecting equal marriage by voting for the party that supports gays, not the party where so few support gaYS

in the 2012 election 61 million voters didnt vote

If all dems go to vote we'll be rid of the horrid tea party, the repubs who hate not just gays but our first black president also

Its our choice if america is america or america is AmeriKKKA for all practical puposes

a pflag member somewhere in MD

Beth Kohm said...

PFLAG is a nonpartisan organization and we appreciate if comments can be left that are focused on our mission and finding paths for dialogue.

Thank you.