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Meet Justin and Will, Who are Challenging West Virginia's Ban on Gay Marriage: VIDEO


On October 1st, we reported that Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of three gay couples challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

One of those couples, Justin Murdock and his partner William Glavaris, are profiled in a beautiful new video from Fairness West Virginia. Justin and Will are based in Huntington and Justin is a board member of the organization.


Fairness West Virginia writes:

Faces of Fairness is a groundbreaking project is the first of its kind in West Virginia and is comprised of a touring photography exhibit, a documentary film, and a web-based archive. The participants articulate the many issues that face LGBT West Virginians including second-parent adoption rights, medical benefits, hospital visitation rights, employment and housing discrimination, advocacy and political representation, transgender rights and protections, marriage equality, and bullying.

Currently West Virginia is the only state in the southern United States that has been able to defeat and defend against a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. However, it is still perfectly legal in West Virginia to deny employment or housing to an LGBT person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is also still legal to deny medical benefits to same-sex partners and their children.

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  1. What a lovely young couple. So cute~

    As someone who just celebrated his 10th anniversary in Canada, it is worth it.


    Posted by: Strepsi | Nov 11, 2013 2:43:32 PM

  2. What a lovely video with such an appealing couple. This shows just why it is so important for all of us to keep supporting groups such as Lambda Legal, Freedom To Marry and The Human Rights Campaign.

    Posted by: RonCharles | Nov 11, 2013 2:48:52 PM

  3. Good luck to the people of West Virginia! Every single person in ever single state deserves equality.

    Posted by: Reality | Nov 11, 2013 2:57:59 PM

  4. they lost Me at 1:54 with Church ....

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Nov 11, 2013 3:00:00 PM

  5. These are very brave lads. I met my husband of 34 years in Huntington, WV at an Anita Bryant protest We left many years ago for California. As a former Mountaineer, its great to see how much have changed or at least have a potential for change.

    Posted by: Turing's Ghost | Nov 11, 2013 3:28:08 PM

  6. This is so sweet. I'm sick of those ostentatious, flash-mob-type gay marriage proposals. It's a relief to see a couple who describe themselves as ordinary and not special. Marriage shouldn't be like a tinsel-glitter Vegas showstopping number. I wish the best for these two.

    Posted by: will | Nov 11, 2013 6:14:08 PM

  7. Best of Luck boys!

    Posted by: Howard | Nov 11, 2013 6:16:01 PM

  8. Good Luck! Love = Love

    Posted by: Bosie | Nov 12, 2013 4:04:05 AM

  9. Technically, Maryland is a Southern state, so West Virginia isn't the only Southern state to avoid an anti-marriage amendment.

    Posted by: Merv | Nov 12, 2013 5:55:01 AM

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