A Roanoke County Circuit Court has declared void a civil union two women established in Vermont in 2002 before living in Virginia.
Teresa Austin and Rebekah Austin lived together in Roanoke County until March 2007. In May 2007, Teresa filed a complaint seeking to dissolve the union. Teresa said in a deposition that Rebekah had stolen money from her, and that she didn’t want to be in the relationship and didn’t want Rebekah to make any claims on her or her property “as a spouse or partner in a civil union.”
Citing Virginia’s Marriage Affirmation Act, Roanoke County Circuit Judge Cliff Weckstein declared that “within the boundaries of Virginia, the purported civil union between Teresa and Rebekah is void.” He declined to award any other relief in his May 27 decision in Austin v. Austin.