NORFOLK, Va. — Equality Virginia on Nov. 8 will honor Lieutenant Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife during its annual Hampton Roads gala.
“Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Mrs. Pam Northam believe that nobody should be discriminated against for their sexual orientation or gender identity, and have been vocal in their support of LGBT equality in Hampton Roads and beyond,” said the statewide LGBT rights organization on its website. “Their efforts for making Virginia a more welcoming and supportive place to live is inspiring and their warmth and humanity contagious.”
Ralph Northam last November defeated Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson.
The former state senator from Norfolk was among those who spoke at a rally after U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen struck down Virginia’s constitutional amendment that had defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
“Marriage equality and equality’s for all people,” Ralph Northam told the Blade last November. “It’s just the sensible way to go in my view.”
Equality Virginia will also honor Hampton Roads Pride during the event that will take place at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel.