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Bostic v. Rainey

Bostic v. Rainey (orig. Bostic v. McDonnell) is a federal challenge seeking to overturn Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, filed on July 18, 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division. The plaintiffs are two same-sex couples: Tim Bostic and Tony London of Norfolk, Va., and Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Richmond, Va. In Sept. 2013, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) announced that attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, who argued against California’ s Proposition before the U.S. Supreme Court, had joined the case. [ Case files. ]

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Federal appeals court hears Va. same-sex marriage case

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Members of the Family Foundation and traditional marriage, Barbara Kerns, of Midlothain, Va., left, and Linda Gagliardo, of Chester Va., pray outside the Federal Appeals Court in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage entered the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday, and judge's questions and comments seemed to demonstrate a lean towards supporting marriage equality in the commonwealth.

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Marriage equality supporters, opponents gather outside federal appeals court

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Marriage equality supporters and opponents gather outside the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court is taking up the issue of same-sex marriage on Tuesday in a case that could determine the future of marriage equality in Virginia, while demonstrators on both sides of the issue clashed outside the Lewis Powell Courthouse in downtown Richmond.

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Gay rights groups in three states keeping a close watch on Va. marriage appeal

| Monday, May 12, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court decision invalidating Virginia's same-sex marriage ban would have at least some impact on similar prohibitions in three neighboring states, gay-rights activists said Monday.

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Federal appeals court in Va. to hear same-sex marriage case

| Monday, May 12, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- Advocates and opponents of gay marriage will turn their attention to Virginia, where a federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the state's ban on same-sex unions.

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Va. attorney general files brief supporting same-sex marriage

| Friday, April 11, 2014
Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.)
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.

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

| Sunday, April 6, 2014
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.
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.

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

| Friday, March 28, 2014
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.
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.

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Appeals court allows all Va. same-sex couples to join marriage challenge

| Monday, March 10, 2014
Virginia
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.

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

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Prince William County Circuit Court Clerk Michele McQuigg.
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.

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Norfolk Circuit Court clerk says he will appeal Va. same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Virginia
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.

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