Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Audio: Virginia Gay Marriage Team

In a historic milestone for marriage equality the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia heard oral argument for the first time on the constitutionality of Virginia’s marriage ban. The Plaintiffs in Bostic v. Rainey were represented by the bipartisan legal team of Theodore B. Olson & David Boies who argued that the provision in the Virginia Constitution that prohibits marriage equality in the commonwealth violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. We caught up with the legal team minutes after they left the court in this exclusive audio press conference. The press conference was hosted by Adam Umhoefer, Executive Director, American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) who was joined by Olson & Boies, the Plaintiffs & Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring who two weeks ago announced his decision not to defend the ban on marriage for Virginia’s gay & lesbian couples. This is a rare opportunity to listen to the legal team & the Plaintiffs Tim Bostic & Tony London who have been together for 24 years & Plaintiffs Carol Schall & Mary Townley who have been together for almost 30 years & were legally married in California in 2008. The Plaintiffs express their reactions to the case & talked about the possible outcomes. AFER successfully sponsored the constitutional challenge that eliminated California’s Proposition 8, is the sole sponsor of Bostic v. Rainey.
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