Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Gay Marriage Moving Forward


As we wait for Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer to hopefully do the right thing & veto that state’s anti gay bill SB 1062, in Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring & Clerk of Court for Norfolk Circuit Court George E. Schaefer, III filed notices of appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Bostic v. Rainey, which is the legal challenge to Virginia's laws prohibiting gay & lesbian couples from marrying. Should the Fourth Circuit uphold the District Court’s decision this may affect similar unconstitutional laws banning gay & lesbian marriages in North Carolina, South Carolina & West Virginia. Adam Umhoefer, Executive Director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights stated, "The District Court ruled firmly & decisively in favor of gay & lesbian Virginians by striking down the Commonwealth's discriminatory laws as wholly unconstitutional & exceptionally harmful. Loving gay & lesbian couples & their families should not have to live one more day as second-class citizens under unjust laws. We urge the Fourth Circuit to expedite the appeal process so that soon all Virginians — & hopefully all Americans — will have the freedom to marry the person they love & their rights fully realized.” Listen to this press conference that followed Virginia’s historic Valentine’s Day decision:
 

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