Saturday, April 12, 2014

Virginia Gay Marriage Appeal

In the legal challenge to Virginia’s ban on marriage for gay & lesbian couples the Plaintiffs & Appellees in Bostic v. Schaefer filed their appellate brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Friday. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring also filed a brief on behalf of Defendant-Appellant Rainey. Read Brief… The American Foundation for Equal Rights is the sole sponsor of Bostic v. Schaefer. The Plaintiffs-Appellees are represented by the bi-partisan legal duo of Ted Olson & David Boies. Adam Umhoefer, Executive Director of AFER stated, “We look forward to presenting our case before the Fourth Circuit in May & representing thousands of gay & lesbian Virginians & their families. In the last five months, every federal judge to rule on the question of marriage for gay & lesbian Americans has decided in favor of equality, & we are confident the momentum will continue through this appeal at the Fourth Circuit.” The gay military organizations OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) & the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case of Bostic v. Schaefer, decided by a federal district court in Virginia, arguing that the uneven patchwork of states providing marriage equality harms military families, undermines national security, complicates the payment of earned veterans benefits & harms veterans. Updates to Come…:)  
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Anonymous Marilyn said...

It's heartening to see how many actions are taking place state to state for equality. Thanks

April 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM  

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