LGBT Democrats of Virginia will host their Second Annual Equality Breakfast on Saturday, September 6th, from 8:00 am to 9:30 am, at the Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia. This event immediately precedes the meeting of the Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
This year, LGBT Democrats of Virginia will recognize Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who will be receiving the Mark R. Warner Political Leadership Award, for his efforts to legally secure marriage equality in the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout the nation. In his statement regarding the reversal of the state’s position, Attorney General Herring stated, “…we have a chance to get it right, and to help extend to all Americans the right to marry the person they love.” After the Appeals Court upheld the Fourth Circuit of Appeals decision, Herring stated, “. . . inevitably no effort to restrict the rights or limit the opportunities of our fellow Americans has ever succeeded in the long term.”
Also being recognized are four couples; Christy Berghoff-Kidd and Victoria Kidd, Jessica Duff and Joanne Harris, Timothy Bostic and Tony London, and Carol Schall and Mary Townley; whose cases seeking marriageequality were heard by Fourth Circuit Court, which determined that the Virginia constitutional amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman was unconstitutional. Despite the fact that there has been a stay been put in place by the United States Supreme Court, this ruling has been a huge victory in Virginia that may well lead to Marriage Equality coming to Virginia, and the nation, soon. These couples will receive the Democratic Community Action for Equality Award for their courage in standing up for the rights of LGBT couples in Virginia.
Gaye Adegbalola will be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event, and all Congressional candidates, Senator Mark Warner, and Mayor Dwight Jones, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, have been invited to attend.