Last week we reported that couples were suing counties in Virginia for requiring them to disclose their ethnicity in downright racist terms such as "Aryan," "Octoroon," "Quadroon" and "Mulatto."
Good news folks! The state’s Attorney General Mark Herring has announced that couples no longer have to disclose their race on their marriage application.
"These changes will ensure that no Virginian will be forced to label themselves in order to get married," Herring told local media. "I appreciate the courage these couples showed in raising this issue, and I wish them all the best in their lives together."
While applications will still ask for race, couples are free to decline. And presumably, they won’t be asking whether or not they are “Quadroons…” or other derogatory designations.
What’s interesting about this whole debacle is the way in which language and requirements varied on a county-by-county basis. That’s also a reason why we recommend calling in advance to see what the requirements are.
Our state minister registration pages are a great place to start. We’re also adding city pages, where you can look up your city. And if you don’t see your city listed yet, shoot us an email at [email protected] and let us know.
We’re also looking for tips for everything from parking to the name of your favorite clerk!