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Unprecedented Coalition Forms in Response to Virginia's "Marriage Affirmation Act"

I've been meeting lots of people who are working on this civil rights effort. They need all the help they can get. Please consider getting in touch to offer support and attending this event, or the one near you:


Near the one year anniversary of the landmark Lawrence v. Texas decision finding Virginia's "Crimes Against Nature" law unconstitutional, Marcus Miller and Jay Squires will be hosting this special brunch to celebrate our community's victories at Richmond's Barcode at 6 E. Grace St.

Featuring Congressman Bobby Scott

Seating is limited, for more information contact info (at) equalityvirginia.org or call 804-643-4816.
June 2, 2004


"Virginians Stand Up for Equality" and www.StandUpforEquality.org kicks off with events statewide June 30

Equality Virginia announced today the formation of an unparalleled grassroots coalition, "Virginians Stand Up for Equality," to fight the impact of the so-called "Affirmation of Marriage Act." The group will kick-off their efforts with a day-long series of statewide actions on June 30, the day before this discriminatory law goes into effect on July 1. The coalition includes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Virginians as well as non-gay allies.

"This law promises to strip the few tools gay and lesbian couples have to protect their families," said Dyana Mason, Executive Director of Equality Virginia and participant in Virginians Stand Up for Equality. "This coalition is committed to educating every fair-
minded Virginian about the inherent inequality of this measure, mobilize those who are concerned to get involved in speaking out, and inform supporters of our efforts to overturn it."

Currently, June 30 events, from protests and rallies to town hall meetings, are scheduled to take place in Charlottesville, Fairfax County, Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Roanoke and the Shenandoah Valley. The coalition has also launched a website at www.StandUpForEquality.org to share information among our partners and supporters statewide.

"The beauty of this coalition is that it is being led by local activists on the ground," said Laura Laing, member of Make Love Legal, Hampton Roads, a participating organization. "By bringing our local community groups and supporters together in such a coordinated way, we're able to launch a significant grassroots effort that cannot be ignored by our elected officials."

Other co-sponsoring organizations and companies, representing thousands of concerned Virginians, so far include: ACLU of Virginia, American Veterans for Equal Rights, Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association, Augusta PFLAG, Diversity Thrift, DBB Bass & Howes, Equality Fairfax, Equality Loudon, Equality Prince William, Equality Virginia, Fredericksburg PFLAG, DCs Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance, Harrisonburg PFLAG, Integrity/Virginia, Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republican Club of Virginia, Make Love Legal Richmond and Hampton Roads, Metro DC PFLAG, Mid-Atlantic Region PFLAG, MCC Fredericksburg, New Life MCC Hampton Roads, MCC Richmond, New Directions at University of Richmond, Old Dominion University Faculty/Staff Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Allies, OutRight Roanoke, Richmond Lesbian Feminists, Roanoke Pride, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Stand in the Valley, University of Richmond  Safe Zone, Unitarian Universalist Church of Harrisonburg Social Justice Committee, UVA Pride, Virginia National Organization for Women, Virginia Partisans Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club, Winchester PFLAG, Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia, Witeck-Combs Communications,


Equality Virginia (www.EqualityVirginia.org) is a statewide bi-partisan lobbying, education and support network for the GLBT community in Virginia. Founded in 1989 as Virginians for Justice, EV has members across the Commonwealth. EV seeks equality for all Virginians by lobbying the General Assembly, organizing

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