Rev. Warren Hammonds, Chair of the Board for People of Faith in Virginia, had prepared two separate speeches for the crowd.
After a speech from Rev. Warren Hammonds, Rev. Gorsline of the Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond asked if there were any couples in the crowd. A young lesbian couple spoke up, saying that they had been together for one year, eight months. Another lesbian couple spoke up. Known each other 35 years. A couple for 11. Two gay men. Thirty-seven years together. A father spoke up on behalf of his son who had been in a committed relationship. Twenty-four years.
“This is part of our story. We need to tell people who we are,” Gorsline said. “Whether or not it is recognized, we are married.”
"Will the law catch up with reality?" Gorsline said.
Gorsline did address the size of the crowd. “I’m glad to see you all tonight, but we could have done a lot better.”
Joyce Scher of Mothers & Others speaks to the crowd.
Several community leaders spoke including Join the Impact organizer Roland Winston. He asked the crowd to help spread the word to the community to support political leaders that are fighting for equality. Senator Donald McEachin made an appearance to rally the crowd.
Sen. McEachin encourages the crowd not to give up explaining that they deserve the same rights that he and his wife are entitled to.
During Gorsline’s remarks, he left the crowd with the following – “Love has not been denied. Love will not be deterred.”
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