February 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm EDT | by Michael Key
Project Valentine’s Day

Barb Brehm and Kären Rasmussen were turned down for a marriage license at Fairfax County Courthouse on Tuesday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) and People of Faith for Northern Virginia held a rally for marriage equality at Fairfax County Courthouse on Tuesday. Speakers included Mary Katherine Morn from UUCF, Rev. Amanda Poppei of the Washington Ethical Society and the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association Rev. Peter Morales. Over 250 people attended the “Project Valentine’s Day” rally.

Retired Navy veterans Kären Rasmussen and Barb Brehm, who have been partners for 26 years, applied for a marriage license at the courthouse but were denied, as is consistent with current Virginia law.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Michael Key has worked as a photojournalist for the Washington Blade since 2009 and is currently serving as the photo editor. He has worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, on the campaign trail and in cities along the East Coast taking iconic photos documenting the extension of marriage benefits to same-sex couples, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and other events of interest to the LGBT community. Follow Michael

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