West Virginia University’s College of Law is hosting a forum this evening to discuss marriage equality in West Virginia. Evan Wolfson is the featured guest at Tuesday's event.
Evan Wolfson is the founder and President of Freedom to Marry, a nation-wide campaign to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. Currently, the state of West Virginia makes no allowances for same-sex couples to be wed.
“Couples who live here who get married in the 17 states that do have the freedom to marry can come back home and they will be respected by the federal government. But West Virginia continues to discriminate,” Wolfson says.
Wolfson says that discrimination is currently being challenged by a lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of three couples within the state. Wolfson was formerly the marriage project director for Lambda Legal and was co-counsel in a historic Hawaii marriage case in the mid-90s.
“What we’re talking about here is the freedom to marry under the law, who can get a legal marriage license from the government," Wolfson says. "This is not about telling any religion what it need to believe or who it should marry. But no church or temple or synagogue or mosque should be dictating to the government who can get a legal marriage license. That belongs to all of us under the law that says we’re all entitled to equal justice under the law.”
The event at the WVU College of Law was hosted by a student organization that fosters open communication between gay and straight communities and was open to the public.