Equality Virginia isn’t letting the failure of SB701 keep them down – they already have a grand display in the works to help draw attention to a large issue facing LGBT Virginians.
“Witness for Marriage” will take place at 5 cities across the commonwealth, with the hope of spreading awareness about the lack of recognition for committed LGBT couples in the state.
In a statement from Equality Virginia, Executive Director James Parrish said the event will be a chance for all Virginians – gay and straight – to show their support. “This Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to stand up for love – we’re excited to work with People of Faith for Equality in Virginia to recognize gay and lesbian couples in communities across the state.”
The day starts at 10:45 AM with a press conference coordinated by the Alliance for Progressive Values. Del. Scott Surovel, who proposed an amendment removing the ban on same-sex marriage, will speak at the General Assembly Building, 5 East Conference room, along side gay and lesbian couples who have been affected by the ban.
At noon, infront of the 9th street Court House, EV, advocates, and allies will gather in protest of the current laws. ”February 14th is celebrated by many as a day to get married. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, gay and lesbian couples are still denied this right. This is unconscionable, and we urge all Virginians to stand together in support of marriage equality.” Victoria Bragunier, Director of Alliance for Progressive Values, said in the same press release.
GayRVA will be there covering the event – please, if you can, come down and show your support. It’s at noon, so if you work downtown, bring a bagged lunch and make your presence known.
Full list of protests sites:
10 a.m., Arlington Judicial Center, 1425 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington, VA 22201
3 p.m., Charlottesville Clerk’s Office, 315 E. High St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
Hampton General District Court, 236 N. King St., Hampton, VA 23669
12 p.m., Richmond Circuit Court, North 9th St, Richmond, VA 23219
· WINCHESTER 12 p.m., Winchester Courthouse, 5 N. Kent St., Winchester, VA 22601