POFEV & Friends in the News


Leesburg_Witness_Circle_of_Love_Blessing_Persons_in_Same-Sex_Relationships_Washington_Post_2014.03.20.jpgLocal Clergy Members Lead Spring Blessing for Same-Sex Couples on Courthouse Grounds (Washington Post, March 22, 2014).  "On the first day of spring, after a long, snowy winter, about 40 people gathered outside the Loudoun County Courthouse at noon Thursday to witness local members of the clergy giving their blessings to couples in committed same-sex relationships. ... Longtime observers said the event, on the grounds of the historic courthouse in Leesburg, was the first of its kind in Loudoun."

Leesburg_Witness_Circle_of_Love_Blessing_Persons_in_Same-Sex_Relationships_2014.03.20_Leesburg_Today_April_Grant.jpgInterfaith Movement Holds Love Rally in Leesburg (Leesburg Today, March 20, 2014).  "Alyson Linville, a Leesburg resident, fought back tears as she watched the display. “This cause is very dear to my heart and I’m hoping this gets the movement going. We might have a chance and anything I can do to support it I will,” she said praising the churches’ involvement in the efforts.

Metro_Weekly_Logo.gifPOEFV Rallies On: Virginia Interfaith Group Holds Rescheduled Loudoun Co. Rally for Marriage Equality (Metro Weekly, Washington, D.C., March 21, 2014). "POFEV, which has emerged as one of the chief pro-LGBT groups advocating on behalf of LGBT rights in the commonwealth, previously held 10 similar 'Witness for Love' demonstrations throughout the state on Valentine's Day ... .  ''This may not be Valentine's Day, but it is a very special day, because you cared enough to show up and raise your witness in the public square,' the Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, president and CEO of POFEV, told the crowd gathered at the courthouse. 'There are so many more, a million and more and counting, standing with you, all over Virginia. You are helping us bring true and deep change to Virginia, a transformation from bottom to top.' "

Charlottesville_Cville_Pride_Witness_CBS_News_19_2014.03.05.jpgSame-Sex Couples Seek Marriage Licenses During Annual March (CBS News 19, Charlottesville, March 5, 2014).  "Andre and I have been together for eighteen years ... and we want to be able to protect that family. have the rights of other families, and marriage is the way that we can do that." - Catherine Gillespie with Andre Hakes, seeking marriage license at the Charlottesville and Albemarle Circuit Courthouses on March 5 during Witness with Cville Pride and Sojourners United Church of Christ to Put Down Hate and Take Up Love.

Charlottesville_Cville_Pride_Witness_WINA_1070_AM_Radio_2014.03.05.jpgSame-Sex Marriage Supporters Approach Local Courts (WINA 1070 AM, Charlottesville, March 5, 2014). "Charlottesville Clerk of Circuit Court Llezelle Dugger accepted the request along with a box of chocolates. Dugger said that while she can’t grant a marriage license now, all couples are welcome if and when the ban is lifted."

Charlottesville_Cville_Pride_Witness_NBC_News_29_2014.03.05.jpgSupporters of Same-Sex Marriage Visit Circuit Courthouses (NBC News 29, Charlottesville, March 5, 2014).  "An interfaith group of same-sex marriage supporters stopped by the Charlottesville and Albemarle courthouses, where couples - some who have been together for decades - applied for marriage licenses."

The_Daily_Progress_logo.JPGMarriage Equality is Morally Right (Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Feb. 25, 2014).  Letter by Charlottesville area clergy Rev. Dr. Laura S. Sugg, Rev. Deborah Lewis, Rev. Robert Lewis, Rev. James Richardson, and Rev. Ed Winkler. "After much prayer, study of Scripture, and consideration, each of us has come to believe that marriage equality is morally right. But we also know that good people of faith differ on this issue, as they do on many other matters."

Manassas_Witness_for_Love_Prince_William_Times_2014.02.14.JPGJudge Rules for Gay Marriage: Valentine's Day Protest Turns into Celebration in Manassas (Prince Williams Times, Manassas, Feb. 19, 2014).  Prince William Times above the fold! Thank you, congregations and clergy of Bull Run UU and Trinity Episcopal for your Witness for LOVE! on Valentine's Day!

Staunton_Witness_for_Love_-_Linda_Royster_and_Barbara_Kinsman_Staunton_News-Leader_2014.02.14.JPGLesbian Couple Apply for License in Staunton (Staunton News-Leader, Staunton, Feb. 14, 2014).  A wonderful short video by the Staunton News-Leader about Barbara Kinsman and Linda Royster and their application for a marriage license at the Staunton and Augusta County Circuit Courts.

Alexandria_Witness_for_Love_Fox_5_News_DC_2014.02.14.JPGGay Couples Turned Away on Valentine's Day in Virginia (Fox 5 News, Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2014).  Coverage of the Alexandria Witness for LOVE!  "About sixty people gathered, sang and prayed at the courthouse in Alexandria to push for recognition of gay marriage in Virginia. ... Six same-sex couples came to register to marry or to get their current marriages from other states recognized by Virginia." 

NBC_4_DC_Logo.JPGFederal Judge Rules Va. Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional (NBC News 4, Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2014).  NBC 4 featured Ginny and Sarah in their coverage of the Fairfax County Witness for LOVE! and Judge Wright Allen's decision in Bostic v. Rainey.  Thanks to Ginny & Sarah for shining a light for all to follow by seeking a marriage license on Friday in Fairfax County! 

Richmond_City_Witness_for_Love_Shirley_Lesser_and_India_Elizabeth_Lipton_2014.02.14.JPGLipton-Lesser Interview at Richmond Witness for Love (WRIC-TV, ABC News 8, Richmond, Feb. 14, 2014).  Richmond City Courthouse Witness for Love! coverage. "I just really can't wait until my wife can adopt my son" - from interview with Shirley Lesser and India Elizabeth Lipton.

Richmond_City_Witness_for_Love_General_Witness_Coverage_2014.02.14.JPGGay Marriage Advocates Rally For Equality (WRIC-TV, ABC News 8, Richmond, Feb. 14, 2014).  "Virginia has become the first state in the South to overturn a voter-approved prohibition of same-sex marriage. The ruling meant a lot to a local gay rights group who has made it a Valentine's Day tradition to drop of marriage applications for same sex couples.  That tradition certainly felt different Friday."

NBC_12_Richmond_Logo.JPGGay Rights Advocates Celebrate (NBC 12, Richmond, Feb. 14, 2014).  At Witness for LOVE! events all across Virginia on Friday, there was a lot of yellow on t-shirts and signs Standing on the Side of Love. Thank you Unitarian Universalists of Virginia!  Here is coverage of the Richmond Witness for LOVE!, the press conference in Norfolk marking the courts decision with friends and plaintiffs Carol Schall and Mary Townley, and evening community celebrations in Richmond.

Alexandria_Witness_for_Love_WUSA_CBS_News_9_2014.02.14.JPGVirginia Same-Sex Couples Hope to Marry (WUSA CBS 9, Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2014).  Coverage of the Alexandria Witness for LOVE! and Judge Wright-Allen's decision in Bostic v. Rainey.  "Oh my god, we're so joyful.  It's amazing," exclaimed Kathy Doxsee with wife Teri Doxsee.

Williamsburg_Witness_-_Rev._Jennifer_Ryu_and_Congregation_2014.02.14_Virginia_Gazette_Steve_Vaughan.jpgWilliamsburg Activists Hail Ruling Against Gay Marriage Ban (Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg, Feb. 14, 2014).  Williamsburg Unitarian Universalist Church leads Witness for Love at Williamsburg / James City County Circuit Courthouse. "We'll be visiting you every Valentine's Day until marriage equality comes to Virginia," pledged Jennifer Ryu, pastor of the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalist Church [to the clerk of court staff], and one of the event's organizers. "Happy Valentine's Day."

Williamsburg_Witness_-_Rev._Jennifer_Ryu_and_Congregation_2014.02.15_Williamsburg-Yorktown_Daily.jpgSame-Sex Williamsburg Couple Seeks Marriage License (Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily, Feb. 15, 2014).  "Just hours after a U.S. District Court Judge declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, Williamsburg residents Joe Vickstein and Tom Fell went to the courthouse Friday to apply for a marriage license."

Metro_Weekly_Logo.gifValentine's Day Demonstrations for Marriage: Faith group to kick off marriage-equality campaign with 23 events around Virginia (Metro Weekly, Washington, D.C., Feb. 11, 2014).  "Virginians of various faith communities hoping to extend equal rights to LGBT people will host 23 demonstrations at county courthouses across the commonwealth on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, to call attention to Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage and to begin a yearlong process of engaging Virginians to pressure General Assembly lawmakers to allow debate on a proposed repeal of that ban."