PFLAG National Submits Amicus Brief Representing the Family Voice in the Fight for Marriage Equality

Today, February 28, 2013, PFLAG National filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in the Perry v. Hollingsworth case. This case challenges the constitutionality of California’s “Proposition 8” legislation which eliminated the right for same-sex couples to marry. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case on March 26 and 27.

From PFLAG National’s press release issued today:

“This brief shares the stories of PFLAG families and the very real impact that their lack of equal protection under the law has not just on the same –sex couple in a committed and loving relationship, but on the entire family,” said PFLAG National Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby. “Their stories share real–life firsthand accounts of how seeing gay and lesbian family members in committed relationships and marriages has reaffirmed—not harmed—their views on the importance of the institution of marriage”

You may read the amicus brief in full at this link.

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PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford Posthumously Awarded Presidential Citizens Medal

Earlier this morning in a ceremony at the White House, PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford was posthumously awarded the second-highest civilian honor in our country — the Presidential Citizens Medal — which recognizes individuals “whose service has had a sustained impact on others’ lives and provided inspiration for others to serve.”

The award was accepted by Jeanne Manford’s daughter, Suzanne Manford Swan, on behalf of her mother.

For the full story, visit the PFLAG National Blog.

Photos below are courtesy of PFLAG National.

Suzanne Manford Swan and President Obama

Suzanne Manford Swan and President Obama

The United States honors Jeanne Manford

The United States honors Jeanne Manford

 

To Jeanne Manford from The President of the United States

To Jeanne Manford from The President of the United States

 

PFLAG Blue Ridge PSA on WNRN Radio

WNRNYou may have heard our PSA currently airing on WNRN Radio as part of their “Community Connections” feature. We are very excited about this as it shares the word about our work and services to a potentially entirely new audience. WNRN also has a wide broadcast range, covering our entire service area.

If you haven’t yet heard our PSA, or would just love to hear it again (and again!), you can visit the PFLAG Blue Ridge Community Connection page at WNRN’s website.

Harrisonburg Support Group Info

Tonight, February 7th, PFLAG Blue Ridge offers our first support group meeting in Harrisonburg. We will be meeting at the JMU LGBT & Ally Education Center, located in Montpelier Hall on the James Madison University Campus. The JMU LGBT&A Center is on the 5th Floor, to the left as you exit the elevator.

You can find a map and the location address on the Harrisonburg page at our website. Please note that due to ongoing construction, you cannot enter the parking lot at the front of Montpelier Hall directly off Cantrell. Drivers will want to take Madison, and then a left into the parking lot to loop around behind the building, arriving back in front. Parking is directly in front of Montpelier in the spaces marked for Health Center parking.

Beginning next Month, our 1st Thursday Harrisonburg meetings will be held in the Gandhi Center space at JMU’s Cardinal House, and will coincide with a youth support group meeting hosted by Shenandoah Valley YES! Alliance. We are thrilled to partner with YES! in bringing this support to the Valley.

via Cville Pride – Victory!: Cville City Council Takes a Stand

Charlottesville Pride Community Network

Last night, during the public hearing (and first reading) of the proposed antidiscrimination ordinance and human rights commission, the Council added in language about sexual orientation and gender identity that had previously been absent.

This is a huge step. Doing this could invite a challenge from the state.

As Dave Norris, one of the councillors said, “Let’s do it. If it gets challenged, so be it.”

Email the city council NOW and tell them thank you for showing enough courage to do the right thing.

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