Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine has invited a married lesbian couple to be among his guests at tonight’s debate with Republican counterpart Mike Pence.
The couple, Carol Schall and Mary Townley, were plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Virginia‘s ban on same-sex marriages, which led to it being overturned. Their daughter, Emily Schall Townley, will attend with them.
Kaine has also invited Jesse Jackson, a civil rights leader; former Virginia State Sen. Henry Marsh, a civil rights attorney and mentor to Kaine; Lily Habtu, a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting; and Okianer Christian Dark, a law professor who Kaine represented in a fair housing case, NBC reports.
Watch a video of Schall and Townley talking about their relationship and their decision to fight for marriage equality below.