UVa Holds Discussion on Same-Sex Marriage Equality

Sept. 12, 2013

The University of Virginia hosted a discussion on the future of same-sex marriage, and marriage equality in the Commonwealth.

Dozens of people showed up Wednesday to talk about equality with panelists from UVa, ACLU Virginia, and Equality Virginia.

The discussion focused on the Supreme Court decision in June that struck down parts of a federal law that denied government benefits to same-sex couples, and the ruling's implications for the Commonwealth.

"A couple could be married in DC and the woman could work in DC, but when she comes home and crosses the line into Virginia, suddenly she's no longer married," said Dean of Students Allen Grove. "That implicates benefit issues, issues if you have children, so that's why these are considered important topics to discuss."

Dean Groves said he was happy to see so many students turn out for the event because, one day, issues of important public policy will be in their hands.

Charlottesville will celebrate equality at the 2nd Annual Pride Festival at Lee Park from 11 AM to 7 PM this Saturday, Sept. 14.

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