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Couples in Virginia head to federal court for marriage equality

Ted Olson and David Boies will be back in federal court next week to argue that all Americans are guaranteed the freedom to marry the person they love.

This will also be the first time our plaintiffs, two loving couples in Virginia, will appear in court.

To mark this special occasion, send Tim & Tony and Carol & Mary a note of encouragement. Show them you support their bravery by adding your name to our online card.

On the heels of last year’s U.S. Supreme Court victory and the recent federal court decisions in Utah and Oklahoma, this hearing is incredibly important. AFER has filed a motion for summary judgment, so this could be our last opportunity to address the court in person before we receive a ruling.

AFER is making the case that marriage bans like the one in Virginia cause direct harm to gay and lesbian couples and the children they are raising, and there is no reason to deny these loving couples the equality and freedom they are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The other side, by contrast, continues to rely on outdated notions of what makes a family and why marriage matters in our society.

On the morning of Thursday, January 30, our four plaintiffs will enter the federal district court in Norfolk, VA to make the case for marriage equality. Let’s show them how many people are standing with them. Add your name today.