Supporters of same-sex marriage gathered at Court Square Wednesday. They asked the circuit court clerks for Charlottesville and Albemarle to allow them to file for a marriage license. They all knew the answer, but it was done to highlight the recent ruling by a judge who declared Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The case is now under appeal and one step closer to going to the U.S. Supreme Court. Charlottesville Clerk of Circuit Court Llezelle Dugger accepted the request along with a box of chocolates. Dugger said that while she can’t grant a marriage license now, all couples are welcome if and when the ban is lifted. The Charlottesville Pride Community Network originally planned the gathering for Valentine’s Day, but weather put the event on hold. Instead, they chose the first day of Lent, encouraging people to give up hate.
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