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Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.)

Va. attorney general files brief supporting same-sex marriage

Friday, April 11, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's attorney general has told an appellate court reviewing a judge's ruling that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional that gays and lesbians have just as much right to marry as interracial and heterosexual couples. [ Read more → ]
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Parent wants book about ‘Two Boys Kissing’ removed from school library

Monday, April 7, 2014
WARRENTON, Va. -- A Virginia high school is once again considering a parent's appeal to remove a book from the school's library that depicts two boys kissing on its cover. [ Read more → ]
AP (File)In 1958, two Virginia residents, Mildred Loving, a black woman, and her white husband, Richard Loving (seen here in a Jan.    26, 1965 photo), went to Washington to get married. After they returned to Central Point, their hometown in rural Caroline County north of Richmond, police raided their home and arrested them. They avoided jail time by agreeing to leave Virginia _ the only home they'd known _ for 25 years.  To some people in Virginia, the legal fight over whether same-sex marriages should be allowed has an echo in the state’s old law banning marriage between white and black people.

Fight over same-sex marriage echoes decades-old battle of Loving v. Virginia

Sunday, April 6, 2014
WASHINGTON — To some people in Virginia, the fight over legalization of same-sex marriage echoes a decades-old battle over the state's 1924 law banning marriage between white and black people. But opponents of gay marriage reject the comparison. [ Read more → ]
ACLU VirginiaJoanne Harris and Jessi Duff

Judge puts one Va. gay marriage case on hold while other case is appealed

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A federal judge has put one lawsuit challenging Virginia's gay marriage ban on hold while another makes its way through the appeals process. [ Read more → ]
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Poll: Support for gay marriage in Va. still 50 percent, no change in past year

Monday, March 31, 2014
Support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Virginia has stands at 50 percent just a little more than a month after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Steve Helber, APPlaintiffs in the Bostic v. Rainey case, Tony London, waves to the crowd as he and his partner, Tim Bostic, right, leave Federal Court after a hearing on Virginia's ban on gay marriage in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.

Opponents file first brief in appeal of Virginia’s same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, March 28, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal judge who struck down Virginia's gay marriage ban usurped the state's authority to decide whether same-sex unions should be allowed, a lawyer defending the ban said Friday. [ Read more → ]
Jill Nance, The News & Advance (AP)
Sunnie Kahle, 8, recently withdrew from Timberlake Christian School in Forest, Va. after the school sent a letter asking her to either dress and act more feminine or not enroll again because she looked too much like a boy.

Christian school says 8-year-old girl looks and acts too much like a boy

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
TIMBERLAKE, Va. -- An 8-year-old girl in Timberlake, Va., is has been yanked from a Christian school after her grandparents received a warning letter that the girl's appearance "confused" other students as to whether she was a girl or a boy. [ Read more → ]
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Appeals court allows all Va. same-sex couples to join marriage challenge

Monday, March 10, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday granted a motion filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Virginia to intervene in Bostic v. Rainey, the federal court challenge to Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.

Va. legislature moves to strike sodomy ban from state code

Friday, March 7, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- More than a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sodomy bans across the nation, the Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday voted unanimously to eliminate its ban on oral and anal sex — even between consenting married couples — from the state code. [ Read more → ]
Prince William County Circuit Court Clerk Michele McQuigg.

Second county clerk files notice of appeal in Va. same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- A second clerk plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that declares Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, according to a notice filed in federal court Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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Norfolk Circuit Court says he will appeal Virginia same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. — The Norfolk Circuit Court clerk said Monday that he plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Mark D. Sickles

Va. state delegate comes out, becomes second openly gay state lawmaker

Saturday, February 22, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia delegate from Fairfax has become the second openly gay member of the state legislature. Del. Mark D. Sickles announced that he is gay in a Washington Post opinion column on Friday. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender high school athletes approved by Va. governing board

Thursday, February 20, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- The governing body of high school sports in Virginia has sanctioned the participation of transgender athletes at the state's 313 high schools, on the condition they undergo gender reassignment surgery. [ Read more → ]
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Plaintiffs celebrate overturned Va. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, February 14, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Steve Helber,  APSpencer Geiger, left, of Virginia Beach, and Carl Johanson, of Norfolk, hold signs as they demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

BREAKING: Federal judge rules Va. ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

Thursday, February 13, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- Virginia on Thursday became the first state in the South to have its same-sex marriage ban overturned, with a late-night federal court ruling that declared the voter-approved amendment unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen

Federal judge asked to note Ky. gay marriage ruling in considering Va. case

Thursday, February 13, 2014
NORFOLK, Va.- The Virginia Attorney General's Office wants a federal judge to take note of a recent ruling in Kentucky that said the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen

Judge in Va. same-sex marriage case difficult to ‘pigeonhole’

Thursday, February 6, 2014
McLEAN, Va. -- The judge deciding what could become a landmark marriage equality case in Virginia defies easy characterization: She was a prosecutor, but also a public defender. She was appointed by President Barack Obama, and she also served in the military as a Navy... [ Read more → ]
Eugene Delgaudio

Anti-gay Va. politico gets recall effort delayed after judge recuses himself

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
LEESBURG, Va. -- A recall effort against a Loudoun County supervisor known for anti-gay rhetoric is temporarily on hold after a judge recused himself. [ Read more → ]
Former Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson, front right, speaks to the media during a demonstration outside federal court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Jackson spoke in favor of the law banning same-sex marriage. A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. The state's newly elected Democratic attorney general has already decided to side with the plaintiffs and will not defend the ban. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Josh Duggar, failed Lt. Gov. candidate headline anti-gay rally outside Va. court

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- Josh Duggar, the oldest of the Duggar children from TLC's “19 Kids and Counting,” and E.W. Jackson, the failed candidate for Virginia Lt. Governor, headlined an anti-gay marriage rally in Norfolk on Tuesday while a federal judge heard arguments challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Steve Helber,  APSpencer Geiger, left, of Virginia Beach, and Carl Johanson, of Norfolk, hold signs as they demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Judge hears arguments on whether Va. gay marriage ban should be struck down

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- A federal judge in Norfolk, Va., on Tuesday told attorneys in a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex couples marrying that she will render her decision “soon.” [ Read more → ]
Tony London (left) and Timothy Bostic

Case challenging Va. same-sex marriage ban heard in federal court

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- In a case that could give gay marriage its first foothold in the old Confederacy, a federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage should be struck down - the position the state's newly elected Democratic attorney general has endorsed, angering many Republican lawmakers. [ Read more → ]
Va. House of Delegates

Va. House approves bill giving lawmakers standing to defend gay marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. — Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates want to give lawmakers standing in lawsuits where the attorney general and governor have chosen not to participate. [ Read more → ]
ACLU VirginiaJoanne Harris and Jessi Duff

Federal judge grants class action status for challenge to Va. gay marriage ban

Friday, January 31, 2014
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A federal judge in Virginia has certified as a class action a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.

Va. House panel kills bill banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Thursday, January 30, 2014
RICHMOND -- A Virginia House of Delegates committee killed off proposed legislation Thursday that would have banned controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy for LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]
Eugene Delgaudio

Voters seek to oust hate group leader from Va. county public office

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
LEESBURG, Va. -- A group of voters are asking a Virginia court to oust Eugene Delgaudio, leader of the anti-gay hate group Public Advocate of the United States, from his public office as a Loudoun County, Va., Supervisor. [ Read more → ]
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