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Plaintiffs celebrate overturned Va. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, February 14, 2014
Virginia

Bill Tiernan, The Virginian-Pilot (AP)
From left back row, Carol Schall , Emily Schall-Townley,16, daughter of Schall and Townley and Mary Townley , Tim Bostic and Tony London celebrate the Thursday’s ruling by federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in Norfolk, Va. Wright Allen on Thursday issued a stay of her order while it is appealed, meaning that gay couples in Virginia still won’t be able to marry until the case is ultimately resolved. An appeal will be filed to the 4th District Court of Appeals, which could uphold the ban or side with Wright Allen. At the bottom of photo is Adam Umhoefer, Executive Director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

NORFOLK, Va. — The two couples at the center of a fight over the legality of same-sex marriage in Virginia are celebrating a federal judge’s ruling overturning the state’s ban.

On Friday, Tim Bostic and Tony London of Norfolk and Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Chesterfield County praised U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen’s late-night ruling declaring the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The judge wrote that the ban violates the 14th Amendment.

Wright Allen stayed her decision, which means no marriages can take place until the issue is ultimately decided by an appeals court.

The couples held a Valentine’s Day news conference outside a Norfolk home the morning after the ruling. They say that although the decision has been stayed, it brings them one step closer to being married.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. Virginia is cracking about the seams….finally

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:17pm
  2. One by one they fall.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:18pm
  3. AMEN!!!

    Replied on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:25pm
  4. i dont know what to say

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:19pm
  5. I wish NC would recognize it!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:20pm
  6. Me too. And Florida. But Florida has a lawsuit in Miami at the moment, so this may come soon.

    Replied on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:19pm
  7. Yes!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:24pm
  8. Awesome !!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:27pm
  9. cool and yes that is so true

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:35pm
  10. All gays to marry

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:02pm
  11. Everyone else fuck you

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:02pm
  12. Another victory! One by one, states will be forced to give us the full rights we are entitled to. Unfortunately, many of these states will waste tax dollars in an attempt to derail marriage equality. But ultimately, we all WILL have the same rights straight married couples have been enjoying in this country since it’s inception.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:15pm
  13. About time

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  14. So, is marriage equality legal in the state of VA?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:49pm
  15. How can a private (hate) group (not the state of VA) appeal this federal court decision when the governor of VA rightfully refuses to do so?!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:07pm