Bride and groom or spouse and spouse? Soon it could be up to you

WASHINGTON —  Marriage licenses could soon look a little different in Virginia, thanks to a phone call from an upset bride-to-be.

Virginia Del. Dave Albo, R-Fairfax, says a woman called him after discovering that clerks had changed marriage licenses to read “spouse and spouse” because of the federal court decisions permitting same-sex marriage in Virginia.

She had her heart set on being listed as “bride and groom.”

“So I drafted a bill that just gives people the choice — they can do whatever they want to do; they can be spouse, they can be bride or they can be groom,” Albo says.

The bill passed both the House of Delegates and state Senate unanimously.

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