Tuesday, April 2, 2013
As the Supreme Court debates and after 13 years in a committed relationship, Lawrence Webb and Clifton Taylor are glad to see progress in the fight for gay marriage.
Editor's Note: Our 31 Virginia and D.C. Patches are filled with people who have faced obstacles and overcome them. Their success is worth sharing, and today we share a feature that originally ran last week on our Falls Church Patch. Look for more highlighted stories soon. Marriage wasn’t a major point of discussion for Falls Church residents Lawrence Webb and Clifton Taylor when they met 13-years ago. Back then, Webb said, there was hesitation to push for gay marriage. For Webb and Taylor, it’s not about brandishing shiny rings to symbolize a unity, but the ability to join in a union regardless of public opinion. “I don’t know why there is an issue with gay marriage when 50 percent of heterosexual marriages don’t work,” Taylor said. As …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
State Sen. Adam Ebbin, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner among those who have changed their profile pictures.
You probably have seen a red square with a pink equals sign on it in your Facebook, Twitter and other social media feeds lately — a symbol that stands for marriage equality. It stems from an effort by the Human Rights Campaign that coincides with oral arguments being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this week regarding the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA, as it is known, allows the federal government to discriminate against same-sex couples. The equality symbol signifies that marriage really is all about love, according to the Human Rights Campaign. "It's nice for people on Facebook to see their Facebook friends standing up, and seeing so many people doing that," said state Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria. Ebbin, who is…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
A law banning same-sex marriage in Virginia didn't stop couples from applying for marriage licenses in protest on Valentine's Day. Is it time to revisit the ban?
On Valentine's Day, Tom Nichols and Dan Chadburn of Falls Church were one of three same-sex couples to apply for a marriage license at the Arlington County Courthouse. They were one of three same-sex couples taking part Thursday in a low-key but determined "Witness for Marriage" demonstration organized by People of Faith for Equality in Virginia and Equality Virginia. Demonstrations were also held in Charlottesville, Hampton, Richmond and Winchester, all promoting, as The Huffington Post put it, the same simple message: Love is love. The problem for these couples and many others, of course, is that Virginia law prohibits same-sex marriage; an attempt by local Del. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) to repeal the ban failed again in this year's …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Legislators join activists, fellow lawmakers in Richmond to call for change.
Saturday, February 16
By Amber Galaviz, Capital News Service State officials joined gay rights activists at a press conference Thursday to discuss their disappointment in Virginia's failure to repeal the state's constitutional ban against same-sex marriage in this year's General Assembly session. “I believe that marriage is about loving, committed couples wanting to make lifelong promises to each other – take care of each other, be responsible for each other and support each other,” Del. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) said at the event at the General Assembly Building. “And I think that if anybody – gay, straight – wants to stand up in front of their family and friends and make that commitment to grow old together, it’s not for me, or the judge or the state to …