Judge Overturns VA Marriage Law That Required Couples to Disclose Race

Nicole Rojas
Oct 17, 2019 - 2:00
 VA Marriage Law

A federal judge has ruled that a Virginia law requiring couples to disclose their race when applying for a marriage license is unconstitutional. The ruling comes after three couples sued the state following the denial of their marriage licenses after each couple refused to reveal their race. In their lawsuit, the couples claimed the race identification requirement on Virginia’s marriage license was “offensive to human dignity, an invasion of personal privacy compelling an unwanted public categorization of oneself, and reflective of a racist past.” Judge Rossie D. Alston ruled the...

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