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Gay marriage History aside, they are just ‘a normal family’

Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Chesterfield, ‘a normal family that nobody knows,’ are on the frontlines in the fight for same-sex marriage in Virginia

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  • History aside, they are just ‘a normal family’

    Carol Schall helps daughter Emily with her homework as her spouse, Mary Townley, reads the newspaper. Schall and Townley are co-plaintiffs in the case challenging Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

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Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 12:00 am

Once the strobe lights were switched off, the camera crews had loaded their gear and the last reporter had asked a final question, Carol Schall and Mary Townley left what they call their “bubble” in the national media spotlight, heading home to Chesterfield County to be normal parents to their 16-year-old daughter, Emily, who couldn’t wait to tell them about her basketball game.

Earlier on a cold day in early February, the couple had attended the hearing in Bostic v. Rainey, the federal court case aimed at overturning Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, followed by a news conference at a Norfolk hotel.

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