Marriage and Relationships http://wvtf.org en Court Strikes Down VA's Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://wvtf.org/post/court-strikes-down-vas-same-sex-marriage-ban <p>Virginia and three other states may soon be allowing gay marriage after a federal appeals court ruling in Richmond, but supporters of a ban are expected to ask for a Supreme Court hearing.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage denies gay couples equal protection under the law.&nbsp; The decision also makes similar prohibitions in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia unconstitutional, but at Equality Virginia, director James Parrish says those states probably won’t be issuing marriage licenses yet.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:34:19 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24972 at http://wvtf.org Court Strikes Down VA's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Gay Marriage Issue in Court http://wvtf.org/post/gay-marriage-issue-court <p></p><p>It’s the next chapter in the same sex marriage debate….and it’s set in Richmond.<br />A three-judge panel with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals whas heard oral arguments in the case of Bostic vs. Shaefer….better known as the challenge on Virginia’s ban on gay marriage.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It could take weeks, even months, for a ruling in the case.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Both sides have indicated they'll head next to the U.S. Supreme Court.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 22:03:20 +0000 Connie Stevens 21291 at http://wvtf.org Gay Marriage Issue in Court Tax-Equality for Same Sex Couples http://wvtf.org/post/tax-equality-same-sex-couples <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>While Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is being challenged, supporters of overturning the ban are optimistic that eventually, gay and lesbian couples will have the freedoms that other married couples do.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But in the meantime, some are calling on the governor, attorney general, and lawmakers to make life easier for those who were married outside of Virginia—and it's as simple as changing the state tax code.</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Equality Virginia is urging Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Her Thu, 01 May 2014 20:10:02 +0000 Tommie McNeil 20785 at http://wvtf.org Tax-Equality for Same Sex Couples Federal Judge Rules VA's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional http://wvtf.org/post/federal-judge-rules-vas-ban-same-sex-marriage-unconstitutional <p><br />Reaction to federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen’s ruling that struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was swift—with fervent discussion among Virginia lawmakers, a news conference from the state Attorney General who rallied against the law, and gay couples who try, but fail, on Valentine's Day to get marriage licenses.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:39:39 +0000 Tommie McNeil 17276 at http://wvtf.org Federal Judge Rules VA's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional Court Hears Gay Marriage Ban Challenge http://wvtf.org/post/court-hears-gay-marriage-ban-challenge <p>It’s now up to a U. S. District Court judge to decide if gay and lesbian couples living in Virginia will be able to marry legally.&nbsp;</p><p>A hearing before the court on the marriage equality case of Bostic v. Rainey-a lawsuit that could have far-reaching consequences. . .</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:54:06 +0000 Beverly Amsler 16813 at http://wvtf.org Court Hears Gay Marriage Ban Challenge