gay-marriage-virginiaToday Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed a federal class action lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry in Virginia.

No state in the south currently allows or respects marriages of same-sex couples  it is time for that to change! We don’t want a country so divided by unfairness that simply crossing a state line puts your family at risk. This is one country, and same-sex couples and their families should be treated fairly from north to south and east to west.

Today, Virginia!

Virginia is an important part of Lambda Legal’s nationwide strategy to bring equality to all people in America – because LGBT people and people with HIV live everywhere. With four marriage lawsuits — Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, and Virginia — we are in every region of this country representing people who are standing up for love, commitment and fairness.

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As in all our cases, our plaintiffs are leading the way. In Virginia, our two plaintiff couples include a military veteran and lifelong Virginians, and they are leading a unique class-action lawsuit that seeks to represent all same-sex couples in Virginia who wish to marry or have their marriages respected in the place they call home.

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LGBT people and those with HIV are living and working in every corner of our nation, and they want the same dignity, respect and legal protections that all Americans want. With five offices located in every region of the country, Lambda Legal not only has the legal expertise built from 40 years of successful advocacy, but the local know-how to get the job done. We opened our office in Georgia more than 15 years ago and our office in Texas more than a decade ago because we needed to have resources on the ground to help people facing discrimination – and we still do. Working with local partners — a key component of our work — has made Lambda Legal a force, not only for marriage equality, but in all areas important to LGBT people and people with HIV.

Along with the ACLU and ACLU Virginia, Lambda Legal lawyers in our Southern Regional Office have begun a new fight in Virginia.

Now is the time to stand up for Virginia families, families across the South and across the country.

Now is the time to get this done.

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With warm regards,

Kevin Cathcart
Executive Director
Lambda Legal