Virginia is the 10th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on June 25, 1788. Its most populous city is Virginia Beach and its capital is Richmond.
Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2006. On February 13, 2014, a federal judge found the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, but stayed enforcement of the order pending consideration of the appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Follow the case: Bostic v. Rainey.
A second challenge to Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is also pending. Follow that case: Harris v. McDonnell.
For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.
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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Virginia teen who was brutally beaten and left with a traumatic brain injury following a school melee in September, was found guilty Friday on one count of simple assault.
Rand Irons looks ready for a black name tag and matching conservative grey suit. But you won’t see him walking door to door with Mormon Church pamphlets in hand, nor will he get his chance to travel the world in the name of his faith spreading the message of the [...]
RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe has become the first Virginia governor to preside over a same-sex wedding ceremony. McAuliffe officiated Friday at the wedding of a lesbian couple, Renee Bradley and Katherine Bradley-Black of Northern Virginia, and said he feels honored to be part of the "important occasion."
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is sending notice to local social services divisions that married gay couples can now adopt children.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's governor has signed an order directing state agencies to comply with the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state. That includes allowing gay and lesbian state employees to add spouses and dependents to their health insurance.
RICHMOND, Va. -- In an emotional ceremony in front of the John Marshall Courthouse in downtown Richmond, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring renewed the vows of two of the plaintiffs who successfully challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “This is the outcome we have hoped for,” said Herring, who [...]
RICHMOND, Va. -- Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way by turning away several appeals, gay couples have started marrying in Virginia. Thirty-year-old Lindsey Oliver and 42-year-old Nicole Pries received the first same-sex marriage license issued from the Richmond Circuit Court Clerk's office shortly after 1 p.m. [...]
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond-based federal appeals court says its ruling authorizing same-sex marriages in Virginia will take effect Monday afternoon. According to the clerk's office, the mandate will be issued at 1 p.m. Court clerks will be able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after that time. [...]
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. No other state cases [...]
HENRICO, Va. -- A Virginia teen is facing assault charges despite being brutally beaten in an altercation at his high school that left him hospitalized for nine days. Eric Martin a student at Highland Springs High School in Henrico, Va., suffered a long list of injuries, including a head injury [...]