Marriage and Relationships

Reaction to federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen’s ruling that struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was swift—with fervent discussion among Virginia lawmakers, a news conference from the state Attorney General who rallied against the law, and gay couples who try, but fail, on Valentine's Day to get marriage licenses. 


Court Hears Gay Marriage Ban Challenge

Feb 4, 2014

It’s now up to a U. S. District Court judge to decide if gay and lesbian couples living in Virginia will be able to marry legally. 

A hearing before the court on the marriage equality case of Bostic v. Rainey-a lawsuit that could have far-reaching consequences. . .

Steve Helber/AP via NPR

A coalition of faith-based groups says its members have been betrayed by Attorney General Mark Herring, who they say has gone against the will of the people by fighting to overturn Virginia's gay marriage ban approved by voters just eight years ago.

The groups want Herring to be impeached, step down, or assign a special attorney to represent the state in the related court case.

Loving vs. Virginia

Jan 23, 2014

The issue of gay marriage resonates in Virginia in particular, because of a landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision involving a Virginia couple and interracial marriage.

You can hear the archived story of Mildred and Richard Loving whose home was raided by police in 1958.  They were charged with violating the state’s Racial Integrity Law. 

 Audio FileFrom our archives, you can hear Sandy Hausman's report on Loving vs. Virginia.Edit | Remove

Constituents React

Jan 23, 2014

Since Attorney General Mark Herring announced his decision to side with plaintiffs in the lawsuits challenging the state’s ban on gay marriage—reaction is coming in from constituents, and partisan and advocacy groups.

Reporter Sandy Hausman took to the streets of  Crozet  and Charlottesville, and here’s a montage  of the reaction she heard  from folks .

Back in 2006, 57 percent of Virginians approved the same-sex marriage ban.  This summer, a Quinnipiac University poll found the numbers had dropped—down to 43-percent of Virginians opposing gay marriage.