Monday, June 30, 2008

Male Couple Married in Norfolk Will Not Be Charged

I posted a while back about a male couple that got a marriage license in Newport News and later got married in Norfolk - all before someone noticed that both of their drivers' licenses showed a "M" for male. While many details remain unclear, what is clear is that the pair will not be charged or prosecuted. According to the Christianists, this marriage should have caused plague and pestilence, but other than the smoldering peat fires in the Great Dismal Swamp that have brought 3 weeks of intermittent smoke to the area, nothing dire has occurred. Here are some highlights from the Virginian Pilot:
Two men who tried to get married in Norfolk with one posing as a woman should not be charged with a crime, according to the Newport News Commonwealth Attorney's Office. Justin McCain, 18, and Antonio E. Blount, 31, got a marriage license in Newport News on March 24, then took it to a marriage commissioner in Norfolk, who performed the ceremony.
In May McCain, who pronounced his first name "Justine," returned to the Newport News court to legally change his name to Penelopsky Aaryonna Goldberry. That was when deputies suspected that McCain, who dressed and acted like a woman, was indeed a man. On Monday Newport News Commonwealth Attorney Howard E. Gwynn released a statement that in his opinion no criminal charge could be filed in the case that could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Since the incident the Newport News court has changed the marriage application to ask for the names of "male applicant and female applicant" instead of simply "bride" and "groom."

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