The annual Witness for Love event takes place every Valentine’s Day as a chance for Virginia’s LGBTQ population to remind the rest of the state of the rights they lack, but last night’s announcement by District Judge Allen Wright, striking the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, makes this years event extra special.
“Judge Allen has sent Virginia a Valentine gift,’ said Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline, from People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, the event’s organizers. “Never has there been a sweeter one.”
The events take place around the state at different court houses. Same-sex couples walk up to the county clerks office and ask for marriage licenses which they are then denied. “We will stand and bear witness to the beauty in all of us and in the love we share,” said Gorsline.
Newport News: 12 noon, Newport News Courthouse, 2500 Washington Avenue
Virginia Beach: 3:30 p.m., Virginia Beach Courthouse, 2425 Nimmo Parkway
Alexandria: 12 noon, Alexandria City Courthouse, 520 King Street.
Fairfax: 1 p.m., Fairfax County Courthouse, 4110 Chain Bridge Road
Prince William: 3:30 p.m., Prince William County Courthouse, 9311 Lee Avenue, Manassas
Albemarle County: 12 noon, Albemarle County Courthouse, 501 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville
Staunton & Augusta County: 12 noon, meet at Staunton City Circuit Courthouse, 113 East Beverley Street, Staunton, and we then will proceed to Augusta County Courthouse at 1 East Johnson Street, Staunton.
GayRVA will be at the Noon event in Richmond. We’ll update this story after the event.