Harris et al. v. Rainey et al. (formerly Harris et al. v. McDonnell et al.)

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Plaintiffs in Harris et al. v. Rainey et al
Status: Closed
Outcome:
Victory
Court:
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Issues: Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments, Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections

Federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Virginia

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Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia are filing a federal class action lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples in Virginia as well as an end to Virginia’s refusal to recognize marriages same-sex couples have legally entered elsewhere. The case was filed on behalf of Joanne Harris and Jessica Duff of Staunton and Christy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd of Winchester, and seeks to represent all same-sex couples in Virginia who wish to marry here or who have married in other jurisdictions.

The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. The case argues that the Commonwealth of Virginia sends a purposeful message that it views lesbians, gay men and their children as second-class citizens who are undeserving of the legal sanction, respect, protections and support that heterosexuals and their families are able to enjoy through marriage.