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Appeals Court In Virginia To Hear Gay Marriage Case

AP | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Virginia is taking up the issue of gay marriage, with arguments scheduled on a ruling that the state...

State's Attorney General Files Brief Supporting Gay Marriage

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Same-sex couples have the same right to marry as interracial heterosexual couples, Virginia's attorney general said Friday in p...

Utah Will Try to Save Its Anti-Gay Marriage Ban This Thursday (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 06.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-04-07-ScreenShot20140407at5.56.33PMsmall.pngProponents of the ban are likely to trot out the same discredited arguments that have failed in other cases; those claims range from "preserving tradition" to "protecting children," and lately courts haven't found them very persuasive.

Virginia Gay Marriage Fight Echoes Past Battle Over Interracial Marriage

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — To some people in Virginia, the fight over legalization of same-sex marriage echoes a decades-old battle over the state's 1924 law...

Lawyer Files Brief Against State's Gay Marriage Ruling

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge who struck down Virginia's gay marriage ban usurped the state's authority to decide whether same-sex unions sho...

State Gay Marriage Case Set For May By U.S. Appeals Court

AP | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has tentatively scheduled May arguments on Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. The 4t...

Another Clerk Wants To Appeal Landmark Virginia Marriage Equality Ruling

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A second clerk plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that declares Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, acc...

Gay Marriage Opponents Scrambling After Series Of Court Setbacks

AP | DAVID A. LIEB and DAVID CRARY and RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Opponents of same-sex marriage are scrambling to find effective responses, in Congress and state legislatures, to a rash ...

Scalia Gets Big Shoutout In Judge's Decision Against Gay Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

Once again, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's blistering June 2013 dissent against overturning DOMA has been cited by a judge ruling against a st...

Ken Cuccinelli Rolls in His Political Grave While Ted Cruz Tries to Resurrect Him

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Cuccinelli, a true believer who was willing to go down with his ugly cause, is surely weeping today, watching the commonwealth sink into what he and his radical-right compatriots view as degradation when in fact the state is finally on the path to joining the ranks of those states offering full equality.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia Gay Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

A federal judge ruled Virginia's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional late Thursday. From the ruling: The Court finds Va. Const. Art. I, § 15-A...

Virginia Court Asked To Note Kentucky Gay Marriage Ruling

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Attorney General's Office wants a federal judge to take note of a recent ruling in Kentucky that said the state mus...

Yes, Virginia, We Deserve the Right to Marry

Gary Nelson | Posted 04.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

This is more than just giving us the option of getting married -- if that's what we choose to do -- it's a validation that our lives matter.

Gay Marriage Ban Being Argued In Court

Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

By BROCK VERGAKIS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge was set to hear arguments Tuesday on whether Virginia's ban on gay ma...

Judge Certifies Class Action Status For Virginia Gay Marriage Lawsuit

Reuters | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va., Feb 1 (Reuters) - A federal judge in western Virginia has certified as a class action a lawsuit filed...

Religious Leaders Threaten Impeachment For State A.G. Who Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Markus Schmidt | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

A group of Virginia religious leaders on Wednesday called on Attorney General Mark R. Herring to reverse his position on same-sex marriage. If not, t...

This Is a Make-or-Break Week for Marriage Equality in Virginia (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 03.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-01-28-afervirginia2014128small.pngWe could have a decision from the court at any time, so be on the lookout for major breaking news from Virginia.

Virginia Attorney General Makes Huge Shift On Gay Marriage

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

By STEVE SZKOTAK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- In a move that could give gay marriage its first foothold in the South, Virginia's att...

REPORTS: Virginia's New AG To Make Major Move On Same-Sex Marriage

Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

Virginia's new attorney general Mark Herring is making a major reversal on his state's same-sex marriage stance, according to The Washington Post and ...

State Quickly Emerges As Critical In Gay Marriage Fight

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to wed....

Virginia Senate Democrats Announce Major Push To Expand Gay Rights

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Jim Nolan | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics

Two days after fellow party members were installed as governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, Virginia Senate Democrats unveiled an ambiti...

Is This Gay Marriage Battle Headed For The Supreme Court?

Religion News Service | Richard Wolf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

NORFOLK, Va. (RNS) Whenever Tim Bostic would lament that he couldn’t marry his partner, Tony London, in Virginia, his sisters had a ready solution: ...

Marriage Equality Is Coming to Illinois, but When? (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-11-26-afervidillinois112513.pngThere's good news and bad news for wedding planners in Illinois. The good news: LGBT couples will be getting married in 2014. The bad news: We don't exactly know when.

Major Marriage Announcement by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-09-30-AFERVirginiasmall.pngAFER is joining a preexisting lawsuit brought by two couples in Virginia. Ted Olson and David Boies will assume the role of lead co-counsel and will put forth the same constitutional arguments that were successful in the Prop 8 case.

ACLU To Challenge Virginia Gay Marriage Ban

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Markus Schmidt | Posted 09.08.2013 | DC

Two weeks after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia announced t...