Chesterfield couple at center of Virginia gay marriage fight - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Chesterfield couple at center of Virginia marriage equality fight

Posted: Updated:

State Attorney General Mark Herring is joining the fight over gay marriage. Herring says he will not defend Virginia's constitutional ban.

Herring argues Virginia needs to be on what he says is the right side of history.

"You had the state of Virginia saying they changed their minds," said University of Richmond law professor Kevin Walsh noting Virginia now considers the marriage ban unconstitutional.

Herring says he will join the case of two couples suing to overturn the state's ban in federal court.

One of those couples is from Chesterfield. Mary Townley and Carol Schall recall their first meeting.

"We clicked together," said Mary.

"It just grew to love," said Carol.

Mary and Carol later welcomed a child named Emily. Emily is their pride and joy. She is the reason they are fighting for marriage equality.

"Because in order for the state to recognize me as her mom," said Carol in a YouTube video. "They have to recognize that we are married."

Walsh says there will still be a great deal of uncertainty even if a judge agrees the marriage ban is unconstitutional

"It doesn't necessarily mean that people should go rushing out to get marriage licenses," said Walsh who notes appeals can be expected. "So think of it in terms of months, not weeks or days before you have a change."

Carol and Mary are due in federal district court Thursday, January 30th.

Copyright 2014 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police, lawyer release statements on student's alleged dinosaur killing

    Police, lawyer release statements on student's alleged dinosaur killing

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:35:22 GMT
    A Summerville High School student who says he was arrested and suspended after writing about killing a dinosaur using a gun in a class assignment has hired a lawyer.
    A Summerville High School student who says he was arrested and suspended after writing about killing a dinosaur using a gun in a class assignment has hired a lawyer.

  • Crooks ram Chesterfield vehicle, rob victims at gunpoint

    Crooks ram Chesterfield vehicle, rob victims at gunpoint

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:48:08 GMT
    A violent and scary few moments for two people driving in Chesterfield.     Police say the victims were driving along Osbourne Road near I-95 North around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, when another car rammed
    Police say the victims were driving along Osbourne Road near I-95 North around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, when another vehicle rammed the back of their vehicle. Two suspects then got out, approached the victims with guns drawn and made off with cash and other items.
  • McDonnell to take stand again Thursday

    McDonnell to take stand again Thursday

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:33:42 GMT
    Former governor Bob McDonnell will take the stand for a second day, focusing on his marriage to wife Maureen. The defense's strategy has involved casting his marriage - and in particular, his wife Maureen
    The defense's strategy has involved casting his marriage - and in particular, his wife Maureen - as a mess. This looks to go against the charge of conspiracy because the two were barely speaking to each other at the time.
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.