Legal

POFEV Goes to Court

Courts have become one of the most important fora in which we must advocate for changes in the way that people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are treated.  Legal cases have begun to knock down laws that discriminate against members of the LGBT community, and POFEV has been working to make sure that the voice and perspectives of the faith community are heard.

POFEV has joined in two amicus (Friend of the Court) briefs since 2013: 

  • In 2013, POFEV joined other equality organizations across the South and West in what was known as the "Red State Brief" in the Windsor case before the U.S. Supreme Court that successfully challenged provisions of DOMA as unconstitutional.
  • In April, 2014, POFEV took the lead in organizing an amicus brief to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the plaintiffs in Bostic v. Schaefer, the case seeking to overturn Virginia's laws prohibiting the Commonwealth from recognizing the marriages of lesbian and gay couples.  The brief was joined by 15 Virginia congregations and 46 Virginia clergy.

You can read these briefs and learn more about these cases through the links below.