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Plaintiffs in gay marriage suit say minds changing

Saturday - 11/30/2013, 6:19pm  ET

Carol Schall, left, and her partner, Mary Townley, pose at their home in Richmond, Va., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The couple, who were married in California in 2008, decided to join a lawsuit challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

LARRY O'DELL
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Chesterfield County couple challenging Virginia's gay marriage ban says they believe public opinion is changing in their favor.

Fifty-three-year-old Carol Schall and 52-year-old Mary Townley are plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed last summer in federal court in Norfolk. Schall says they experience no judgment or discrimination from their neighbors, but the law is a different matter. The two were married in California in 2008 and they have a teenage daughter, but their union is not recognized in Virginia.

Schall says they're not asking for anything special -- just the same rights and privileges afforded other Virginians.

Their lawsuit seeks to overturn a 2006 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.


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