Liberty Advocate: Cloud Hangs over Same-Sex Couples in Virginia

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Liberty Advocate: Cloud Hangs over Same-Sex Couples in Virginia
Nonpartisan libertarian advocacy group prepared to mobilize Virginians for marriage freedom if Supreme Court does not settle the question

Washington, DC (April 28, 2015) – In light of today’s hearing at the United States Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, Right Way Forward Virginia, a nonpartisan libertarian advocacy organization, issued the following statement attributable to its president, Nicholas Cote:

“Among Right Way Forward Virginia’s top priorities is ensuring equal protection of the laws, including marriage laws. We celebrate the marriages gay and lesbian couples in Virginia now enjoy following federal court rulings striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban. However, until the Supreme Court rules on this case, a giant cloud hangs over same-sex couples in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“Unfortunately, legislation that would have lifted that cloud failed again in the Virginia General Assembly this year. Conservative legislators stymied all efforts to repeal the statutory and constitutional prohibition of same-sex marriage, as well as legislation that would make sections of the state code regarding marriage, adoption, and inheritance gender-neutral.

“Even legislation prohibiting workplace discrimination against LGBT public employees, a simple statement of government policy, did not receive a floor vote in the House of Delegates.

“If the Court does not settle the question, Virginians should demand candidates for General Assembly pledge to stand up for marriage freedom.”

Right Way Forward Virginia ( is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to promoting liberty, dynamism, and equal rights.