Marriage equality suit expected in Virginia

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Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union are preparing to sue for marriage equality in the state of Virginia.

The announcement was made on the same day that the ACLU sued to overturn Pennsylvania’s anti-gay marriage law and announced plans to amend a pending lawsuit in North Carolina.

All the actions are responses to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the key provision in the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act that barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

“The end of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act opens a new chapter in our work to ensure same-sex couples and their families across the country are treated with dignity and respect,” said Greg Nevins, the supervising senior staff attorney in Lambda’s Southern Regional Office in Atlanta. “We know that many same-sex couples and their families have waited a long time and we are excited to announce that the campaign for the freedom to marry is coming south.”

About a third of the U.S. population lives in a state with marriage equality. None of those states are in the South.

The Virginia suit can be expected “in the coming weeks,” according to a Lambda news release.

Meanwhile, the ACLU is inviting same-sex couples in Virginia to complete a survey at http://action.aclu.org/couples.