(Feb. 14, 2012) Fairfax, VA. Valentine’s Day 2012 was a special one for Kären Rasmussen and Barb Brehm. They went to the Fairfax County Courthouse seeking a marriage license knowing full well they would be turned away. It was an opportunity to raise awareness about the fight for marriage equality in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
It’s a movement supported by many faith communities, including Unitarian Universalists, the faith community where Kären is a pastor. There were supporters there from People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV) and a number of other local organizations and churches.
Post Script: Kären and Barb, both retired Navy veterans, were legally married on Valentine’s Day in 2014 in Maryland after 27 years together as a couple. Virginia continues to move closer and closer to recognizing same sex marriage here in the Commonwealth. Someday soon the state slogan will be “Virginia is for ALL Lovers!”