Opposing Groups Passionate About Va. Gay Marriage Case

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- With the next round of Virginia's gay marriage legal battle starting, Valley neighbors are hitting the road to have their voices heard.

The group, "Stand Up For Love," is on its way to Richmond after stopping at the U.S. District Court House in Harrisonburg Monday afternoon. They stopped there because of a same-sex couple that filed a lawsuit here fighting for the right to marry last year.

The group is sending a message to Virginia in one of several rallies happening across the commonwealth ahead of arguments in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Tuesday.

Victoria Kidd and Christy Berghoff are from Winchester and making this journey so their marriage can be recognized in Virginia and raise their daughter as a legal family.

"Because we are a class action lawsuit, to be able to allow every Virginian who wants to have those equal protections, that would be amazing," shared Berghoff.

That's not an idea that everyone, including Dean Welty, who represents one of those groups, agrees with.

"It strays from the purpose and the definition of marriage," he shared.

He's part of the Valley Family Forum. This group is heading to Richmond on Tuesday as well. They're fighting to preserve marriage as it is, so children have a mother and father. He says any changes made to marriage's definition should be up to a vote.

"What the other side is trying to do is circumvent the democratic process that brought us this constitutional amendment in the first place," Welty continued.

While Kidd and Berghoff say they understand not everyone agrees, they also say their love is like everyone else's.

"We have the exact same issues that every other family has. From our perspective, there's nothing different about us," Kidd shared.

Tuesday morning in Richmond, groups from all over Virginia will be gathering to pray and protest in Richmond as the arguments get underway.


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