Editorial: Allow marriage equality to stand in D.C.

Roanoke Times
December 28, 2009

The Virginia based paper writes, "The District of Columbia City Council has voted to allow same-sex marriage in the nation's capital, and the mayor has signed the law. Now it goes to Congress where lawmakers have the authority to override it. They should refrain from doing so." (Link)

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Virginia Governor Plans to Extend Health Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

The Washington Post
December 4, 2009

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has directed his staff to begin putting into effect a proposal that would allow domestic partners of gay and straight employees to be covered under the state's employee health plan. [Link]

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Governors blast Catholic Church over funding threat

Hands Across the Potomac - WTOP
November 24, 2009
The governors of Virginia and Maryland both blasted the Catholic Church over its threat to stop providing social service programs in the District, if the city's proposed marriage equality law isn't changed. The criticism from the governors came on WTOP's Hands Across the Potomac radio program on Tuesday. [Link]

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D.C. Marriage Bill Draws Eyes Across the Region

The Washington Post
November 12, 2009
A bill that would allow marriage for gay couples in Washington, D.C., is attracting attention from both supporters and opponents of marriage equality for its potential to influence policy in other areas of the region. [Link]

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Americans United: The Religious Right’s Allies Win Public Offices In Virginia And New Jersey, Roll B

Americans United for Separation of Church and State
November 4, 2009
Election results in Virginia, New Jersey, New York and Maine serve as a reminder that the Religious Right remains an influential force in political life, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. [Link]

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OP-ED: Virginia’s public universities need to institute partner health benefits or risk falling behi

Richmond Times-Dispatch
September 10, 2009
Bob Witeck: It is time for Gov. Kaine to lead. It is time for all leaders in Virginia to become part of the solution. This is not about ideology or politics. It is about keeping our universities competitive nationally -- and our commonwealth having the decency to enable our employees to buy this coverage. [Link]

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Va. Must Enforce Gay Visitation Rights

WRIC Richmond News
December 9, 1008
The U.S. Supreme Court decided to uphold a ruling that the state of Virginia must enforce a Vermont court order awarding a lesbian's former partner visitation with their child. [Link]

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Geography of taxes

Washington Blade
March 28, 2008
Regardless of your political affiliation, one debate that usually inflames passions in the Washington Metro Area is whether it’s best to live in D.C, Virginia or Maryland. The question becomes more important if you are a same-sex couple. For example, let’s say you’ve saved $1 million in your retirement account, which you planned to leave to your partner at death. In which jurisdiction would the taxes be the lowest on your estate: D.C., Virginia or Maryland? If you said D.C., you’d be wrong. Maryland? No, guess again. The answer is Virginia. Yep, that’s right, the anti-gay Commonwealth. [link]

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GOP senator in VA, foe seeking gay vote

Washington Post
October 3, 2007
Republican incumbent Jeannemarie Devolites Davis and Democratic challenger J. Chapman Petersen practically fell over each other to win votes at a debate Thursday sponsored by Equality Fairfax, a nonpartisan group that seeks to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. "Everybody is equal," Davis told the small gathering in the sanctuary of the Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia. "Everybody should be treated with respect." When asked about a state constitutional ban on gay and lesbian couples' marriages approved by referendum last year, Petersen said, "The amendment was gratuitous." [link]

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Disabled man fights for deceased partner’s workers comp. benefits in VA

365Gay.com
July 10, 2007
A 48-year old Virginia man is battling the state Workers Compensation Commission for death benefits stemming from an accident that ultimately led to the death of his partner in 2005. "This case is about making sure that the rules are applied fairly to everyone," said Greg Nevins, a senior attorney with Lambda Legal which is representing Dunnavant. "Virginia law broadly gives anyone dependent on a deceased worker the right to claim benefits; there is no 'same-sex partner exception' to the rule." [link]

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