RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Jesse Gallop and Andrew Goodman, both rabbis in the Richmond area, got married in Connecticut but are hoping to have that marriage recognized in Virginia.
"We both want to be parents," Gallops says. "We want to be recognized by our community for the love and the trust and the commitment we share."
A federal judge struck down the state's ban on same sex marriage back in February, pending an appeal that will be heard next month.
28 companies including Amazon, Facebook, Google and Starbucks have filed a brief in support of the judge's decision, saying a same sex marriage ban is bad for business, calling it a competitive disadvantage.
Goodman calls it a step in the right direction.
"I'm really proud that these big companies are taking a risk in some ways but at the same time are saying their values," he says.
But Chris Freund with the Family Foundation says he doesn't believe the issue is about businesses at all.
"What's at issue here is how society is going to treat children in the future," Freud says. "Are we going to try to do what social science has told us is best, and that is whenever possible provide for a mom and a dad."
Meanwhile Gallop and Goodman are hopeful that a judge will uphold the ruling to end Virginia's ban.
"I just want them to see that we're normal people, that we love each other and that we just want to have a safe place to build our lives together."