Lesbians seek class action against Virginia gay-marriage ban

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Lawyers for two lesbian couples suing the state of Virginia in an effort to overturn its ban on same-sex marriage on Tuesday asked the federal judge hearing the case to certify it as a class action representing all gay couples in the state.

The suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal claims Virginia's 2006 ban on gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions in other states violates the U.S. Constitution.

Fourteen U.S. states and the District of Columbia now recognize marriage between same-sex couples with several, most recently New Jersey, dropping their prior bans after the U.S. Supreme Court in June delivered a landmark victory for gay rights by forcing the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in states where it is legal.

"Tens of thousands of (gay) couples in Virginia would marry, if they had the opportunity to," said attorney Luke Platzer, on behalf of plaintiffs Joanne Harris and Jessica Duff of Staunton as well as Christy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd of Winchester.

Written By: Gary Robertson
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2 COMMENTS

  1. The anti gay laws are essentially enshrining religious superstitions in law. The first thing on the agenda is to get Christians to admit the motive they are objecting to treating gays fairly is religious.

  2. I think that filing a class-action suit is THE way to go. It carries a lot more weight than individual lawsuits and increases the likelihood of victory. It also delivers the clear message that this ridiculous gay marriage ban discriminates against a large number of constituents and not just a handful of people. So go get ‘em tigresses!!

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