Tim Kaine Invites Lesbian Couple to Attend VP Debate
From left, Carol Schall, Mary Townley and their daughter Emily Schall-Townley pose for a family portrait following an interview at their home in North Chesterfield, VA.Timothy Wright / The Washington Post/Getty Images
The couple are Carol Schall and Mary Townley, who were plaintiffs in a lawsuit that led to Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage being overturned. Their daughter, Emily Schall Townley, is also a guest.
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Kaine has also invited Jesse Jackson, a civil rights leader; former Virginia State Sen. Henry Marsh, a civil rights attorney and mentor to Kaine; Lily Habtu, a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting; and Okianer Christian Dark, a law professor who Kaine represented in a fair housing case.
Kaine, a U.S. senator and former Virginia governor, will face off against Trump's running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, on Tuesday night in the only vice presidential debate.
While initially opposing same-sex marriage publicly, Kaine ultimately voiced his support for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in 2013 as Virginia's senator. Pence, however, remains firmly against same-sex marriage.
Even though Pence and Kaine have campaigned for more than two months, many people say they still don't have a feel for either vice presidential hopeful. In a recent Associated Press-GfK poll, more than half of registered voters said they didn't know enough about Kaine to venture an opinion about him, and about 44 percent said the same for Pence.