Engagement turned to bewilderment over race question on marriage application


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Sophie Rogers and Brandyn Churchill were excited to visit the courthouse to fill out their marriage application. While filling it out, they were shocked at what they found. The couple had to list their race and the options were disturbing.

The racial descriptions on the form have been abound in Virginia’s Senate Bill 219 “To preserve racial integrity” were passed in 1924.

Now, Rogers and Churchill are suing the state and they are confident Virginia will do the right thing by eliminating not only the offensive racial terms, but also the requirement for couples to list their race at all, in order to get married.

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