As we wait for the Supreme Court to rule on the issue of marriage equality, 37 states and Washington D.C. already have the freedom to marry. Just five months ago, that wasn’t the case. Just five months ago, on October 6, 2014, Virginia became the first southern state to gain the freedom to marry.
Since October, wedding bells have been ringing from the Appalachian Mountains to the shores of the Chesapeake. Some have called 2014 the single-most pivotal year for marriage equality this country has experienced to date. In some ways, 2014 – and the journey Virginians experienced as we moved toward the freedom to marry – seems like a long time ago. Time has a way of tricking us, and sometimes it is easy to forget that:
Marriage equality is an important part of Virginia’s history, and that is why Equality Virginia will be celebrating the Freedom to Marry at their Commonwealth Dinner on April 18. Joining Equality Virginia will be over 1,000 supporters of Virginia’s LGBTQ community, the plaintiff couples who led the charge, and political allies that helped make the freedom to marry in the commonwealth a reality.
“This is the time to recognize the work that so many Virginians have put into this fight for decades, some of whom never got to see this day,” said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia. “We will honor everybody’s hard work and celebrate this special time in history by throwing one big wedding reception for Virginia.”
The Commonwealth Dinner is Virginia’s largest gathering for the LGBTQ community and its supporters, and is Equality Virginia’s largest annual fundraiser. To learn more about this event, click here: www.equalityvirginia.org/dinner.