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Virginia Gay Marriage Update

By Charlotte Robinson, January 24, 2014

The next gay marriage battlefield for the legal team of Ted Olson & David Boies is set for Virginia with a hearing on January 30th. Thursday the Commonwealth’s Attorney General, Mark Herring said that he will actively oppose the state’s discriminatory Constitutional ban on marriage equality. Attorney General Herring’s statement came exactly one week prior to the first hearing in the Virginia marriage equality case of Bostic v. Rainey, which will be held at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia before Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen on Thursday, January 30th at 9A. Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel Ted Olson stated, “This is a great day for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia’s marriage laws are needlessly mean-spirited & cause harsh & gratuitous pain & humiliation to gay & lesbian Virginians & their families. Attorney General Herring’s actions today have brought Virginia that much closer to the quintessential American ideals of equality under the law & the freedom to pursue happiness. We are grateful for his leadership & look forward to working with him to strike down Virginia’s odious marriage ban.” The Bostic case filed in July 2013 in Norfolk argues that the Virginia Marriage Amendment is unconstitutional because it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, violates Due Process & singles out gay & lesbian couples for a disfavored legal status, thereby creating a category of “second-class citizens.” Updates to Come…:)
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