Legislators join activists, fellow lawmakers in Richmond to call for change.
Saturday, February 16
By Amber Galaviz, Capital News Service State officials joined gay rights activists at a press conference Thursday to discuss their disappointment in Virginia's failure to repeal the state's constitutional ban against same-sex marriage in this year's General Assembly session. “I believe that marriage is about loving, committed couples wanting to make lifelong promises to each other – take care of each other, be responsible for each other and support each other,” Del. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) said at the event at the General Assembly Building. “And I think that if anybody – gay, straight – wants to stand up in front of their family and friends and make that commitment to grow old together, it’s not for me, or the judge or the state to …
Second lady gives keynote address for PFLAG conference at the Westin in Old Town
Second Lady Jill Biden spoke out for supportive parenting and against school bullying Friday as the keynote speaker at the biannual national convention of Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians. Biden, a local college English professor, cited a recent open letter from a PFLAG father to America’s youth. The man wrote that he had two great sons—one gay and one straight—and that their parents loved each child equally. “At its core, it’s such a simple message, ‘We love our sons,’” she said. “But that acceptance and support can make all the difference. And as you all know well, acceptance by those you love is the greatest acceptance of all.” Biden connected a supportive home environment and personal acceptance with positive outcomes…