Three Couples Suing Virginia Over Race Questions on Marriage License

Nicole Rojas
Sep 11, 2019 - 5:00
Three Couples Suing Virginia Over Race Questions on Marriage License

Three Virginia couples have taken on the state in a federal lawsuit over a law requiring couples to list their race when applying for a marriage license. The 31-page complaint alleges that the couples were denied marriage licenses after refusing to identify their race.  The lawsuit contends that Virginia’s requirement uses “unscientific, highly controversial, misleading, useless, and tainted categories reflecting Virginia’s historical repression of non-white persons.”  The lawsuit, filed on September 5 in Alexandria, names the Virginia State Registrar and the Arlington and Rockbridge circuit clerks, according to the
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