Winchester Couple File Federal Lawsuit on Same-Sex Marriage

Winchester Couple File Federal Lawsuit on Same-Sex Marriage

Christy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd of Winchester have been together almost ten years and have an eight-month-old daughter, Lydia.
HARRISONBURG, VA - Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed a federal class action lawsuit Thursday seeking the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples in Virginia as well as an end to the state's refusal to recognize marriages same-sex couples have legally entered elsewhere, according to an ACLU press release.

The case was filed on behalf of two couples: Christy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd of Winchester, and Joanne Harris and Jessica Duff of Staunton. The press release says the two couples are representing all same-sex couples who wish to marry in the state or who have already married in other jurisdictions. 

Berghoff issued this statement in the release:

"I’m an Air Force veteran, and if Virginia would just respect our marriage from D.C., it would ensure that my spouse and family could access all the benefits I’ve earned," said Christy Berghoff, from Winchester. "I’ve been with Victoria for almost a decade now; and it hurts to have our home state say we are not married when it recognizes marriages entered into by different-sex couples who may have only recently met."

Berghoff and Kidd, both 34, have been together almost a decade and have an eight-month-old daughter named Lydia.

The press release says, "...the plaintiffs allege that through the Commonwealth’s constitutional and statutory marriage bans and through Defendants’ enforcement of them, the Commonwealth and Defendants send a purposeful message that they view lesbians, gay men, and their children as second-class citizens who are undeserving of the legal sanction, respect, protections, and support that heterosexuals and their families are able to enjoy through marriage."
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