Not Everyone Agrees Gay Marriage Is Good For Virginia

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Some Virginians are upset by this latest court ruling on gay marriage in Virginia. On Thursday, a federal judge ruled the ban against same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Rita Dunaway, the deputy director of the Valley Family Forum said civil marriage is not about getting the government's stamp of approval.

She said currently the government regulates civil marriage for its societal benefits.

"Civil marriage is about the state providing societal incentives for the people whose union is likely to produce children, to stick around together and raise those children," said Dunaway.

If the ban is lifted in Virginia, she said it would change the current purpose of the government's regulation.

"It actually changes the whole meaning of marriage all together because marriage then is not about producing a societal benefit, marriage then becomes about individual choice and self-fulfillment," said Dunaway.

She said she hopes the U.S. court of appeals would help overturn the ruling.


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