Same-Sex Couple Looking Forward to Future in Virginia

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- A federal judge has ruled Virginia's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional and some couples in our area are welcoming the change.

On Valentine's Day, Linda Royster, and her partner Barbara Kinsman walked to two court houses in Staunton to join a push for equality.

"It feels like our relationship is not good enough for this state," said Royster.

Same-sex couples in Virginia are applying for a marriage license at courthouses in more than 20 cities across Virginia; however, soon those couples may be able to walk into a courthouse and marry.

"Just so excited. It is happening. It is happening here and it is happening soon," said Royster.

This is after a federal judge ruled Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

"Virginia has tried to maintain a position of discrimination against people in marriage and they can't keep doing that," said Royster.

Her sister, Virginia Royster Francisco, agrees.

"It is not up to civil society or to neighbors or to anybody else to judge who is allowed to love whom," said Francisco.

Even though they can legally marry in other states, they say it's important to marry each other in their hometown.

The ruling to remove the ban on same sex marriage could still be overturned, as it has to go through the U.S. Court of Appeals. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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