November 30, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Chesterfield County couple challenging Virginia's gay marriage ban says they believe public opinion is changing in their favor.
Fifty-three-year-old Carol Schall and 52-year-old Mary Townley are plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed last summer in federal court in Norfolk. Schall says they experience no judgment or discrimination from their neighbors, but the law is a different matter. The two were married in California in 2008 and they have a teenage daughter, but their union is not recognized in Virginia.
Schall says they're not asking for anything special - just the same rights and privileges afforded other Virginians.
Their lawsuit seeks to overturn a 2006 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.