It’s been really amazing to watch the movement for marriage equality gather staggering momentum over the course of my career as a wedding photographer. Today, the Supreme Court, in a somewhat strange and unannounced move, decided not to decide, leaving Virginia’s ban on gay marriage overturned. State officials said marriages could go ahead as of today! It’s a great day for my state. Just a few years ago, I would have thought we’d never, ever go before it’s national. Virginia proved me wrong.
A big thank-you to Terry McAuliffe, who seemingly singlehandedly shifted the tide here when he refused to defend Virginia’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. It was an audacious move in a state that is mostly country (we can forget that here in Northern Virginia). Slow clap for that guy.
So many congratulations to all the loving, committed couples of our state who will now have the legal recognition that hetero couples have enjoyed. I look forward to photographing many same-sex marriages at Virginia vineyards, historic mansions, waterside venues and at the courthouse. Yay for Virginia!