March 14, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the ban on same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. The ACLU in Virginia says the Commonwealth is next.
HARRISONBURG -- The organization announced yesterday that it plans on filing a lawsuit against Virginia in federal court. It is working with the equality Virginia and Lamda legal to identify same-sex couples willing to share their stories in court. The Executive Director of the ACLU Virginia says the Supreme Court’s rulings in the case of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and proposition eight influenced their decision.
"The Supreme Court definitely moved the process of affirming the freedom to marry down the path towards its ultimate destination, but we have additional steps we need to take. That's why we filed or will be filing a lawsuit in Virginia," said Claire Gastanaga, Executive Director of ACLU Virginia. Gastanaga says the ACLU of Virginia plans on filing the lawsuit against Virginia before the end of the summer.