Local couple feels forced to leave the area because of Virginia law that went into effect July 1, 2004.
Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg)
January 9, 2005
By LAURA L. HUTCHISON
Nearly 40 years ago, a Fredericksburg-area couple decided to share their hearts. Each knew they’d found the person they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with.
They remember the date–Jan. 14, 1966.
They remember their courtship–early morning bike rides and hours-long telephone conversations.
They bought a house and raised a child.
They worked hard and paid their taxes.
They nurtured friendships and went to church.
They never wanted to get married.
Never wanted to change the world.
Never wanted anything more than the gift of taking care of each other as they grew old together.
But on July 1, 2004, a law went into effect that made them fear they couldn’t do that.
At least not in Virginia.
Because they’re gay.