Same-Sex Marriage Archive
RICHMOND Norfolk and Virginia Beach have seen more gay marriages than anywhere else in the state since it became legal last year.
In the first weeks that same-sex marriages were allowed in Virginia, the gay and lesbian couples coming into local clerks' offices to get their licenses were different in more than just the obvious way. Most were older than the typical couple. Some had been together for 20 or 30 years. Yet their joy and enthusiasm was just as great, if not greater, than those half their age.
RALEIGH, N.C. Dozens of magistrates in North Carolina have refused to perform weddings since a law went into effect allowing officials to refrain from performing the ceremony. The state court system says it's received 32 notices from magistrates since a law took effect June 11 allowing court officials who for religious reasons oppose gay marriage to opt out of performing all marriages.
NORFOLK This old arena has seen a lot - from hockey games to elephant acts to Elvis. But few could have predicted Friday's scene at Scope, as fog machines pumped mist, dance music thumped and thousands filed in to celebrate a seismic cultural shift: Same-sex marriage made legal from coast to coast.
The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a culmination of decades of litigation over gay rights. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in Virginia, 36 other states and the District of Columbia. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 13 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans.
The timing is coincidental: Pride Week in Hampton Roads happening just as the U.S. Supreme Court is about to decide the future of same-sex marriage in America. The ruling, expected today or Monday, could create consistency or chaos - depending on which way it goes.
NORFOLK Tony London and Tim Bostic met 26 years ago at a country-western dance class in San Diego. But it wasn't until recently that the gay couple from Norfolk imagined marriage would be possible. Their wedding finally arrived Saturday when the men, who helped lead the push for same-sex marriage in Virginia, said their vows at Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Norfolk.
VIRGINIA BEACH They have arrived. At the courthouse, in the state Division of Vital Records and now on the long list of Americans who check "divorced" when asked about their marital status.
RICHMOND As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to weigh in on the legality of same-sex marriage, some Virginia lawmakers are pushing legislation that would require the state's top attorney to defend its ban. Attorney General Mark Herring inspired the ire of Republican lawmakers last year when he announced he would not defend the state's gay-marriage ban.
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