Marriage and Relationships

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.

 

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage denies gay couples equal protection under the law.  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.

It’s the next chapter in the same sex marriage debate….and it’s set in Richmond.
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.
 

It could take weeks, even months, for a ruling in the case. 

Both sides have indicated they'll head next to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 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. 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. Equality Virginia is urging Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring to take steps to allow married lesbian and gay couples to file their state tax returns based on their fede

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. 

 

Court Hears Gay Marriage Ban Challenge

Feb 4, 2014

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. 

A hearing before the court on the marriage equality case of Bostic v. Rainey-a lawsuit that could have far-reaching consequences. . .

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