Registration for the CookOUTS has closed.  Please make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter to see photos from all the CookOUTS! 

There are also other ways to get involved!  Are you legally married out-of-state, but call Virginia home?  If so, sign up on our Marriage Registry and send us a photo of your wedding for Equality Virginia’s Wedding Album!

General Info

There is nothing more American than a backyard CookOUT!  Hosting a CookOUT for Marriage Equality is a fun way to come together with your family, friends, and neighbors in celebration of marriage.

Together, we can put a human face on the issue of marriage equality, and tell the stories of the many couples who deserve the freedom to marry in Virginia.

It’s easy to help! Invite your friends, fire-up the grill, and party for equality! 

Why Host a CookOUT?

Virginia has never been closer to marriage equality.  The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments for Bostic v. Schaefer on May 13.  Together, through sharing our stories and photos of CookOUTs, we can show support for the couples in this case – and many others across the state.

When you host a CookOUT, you will bring people together and will help put a face on this important issue  – and that goes a long way in changing hearts and minds.  We will be collecting personal stories from our CookOUT hosts to share online and with media outlets across the state.  All it takes is a few friends and one weekend afternoon to raise awareness for equality.


Menu Inspiration

After registering, you will receive a toolkit with three easy steps to plan your event.  We’ve taken to Pinterest to help you with menu ideas to get you started.

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