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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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.

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PFLAG-Blue-RidgeYou can now become a member of the PFLAG Blue Ridge chapter.

All donations are tax-deductible and fund the work we do in support, education, and advocacy on behalf of our LGBTQ loved ones.

Visit our website’s Join/Donate page to learn more or to become one of the first members of PFLAG Blue Ridge!