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Bostic v. Schaefer

Bostic v. Schaefer (prev. Bostic v. McDonnell, Bostic v. Rainey) 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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U.S. Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriages in Virginia

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia. The court on Wednesday granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order.

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Plaintiffs in Va. marriage case ask Supreme Court to reject stay request

| Monday, August 18, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- The clock is ticking on whether the U.S. Supreme Court will delay a ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. Attorneys representing a county clerk in Virginia have asked the nation's highest court to stay the decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals while it's appealed. The plaintiffs and others Monday asked ...

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Roberts sets Monday deadline for response in Va. marriage stay request

| Friday, August 15, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has set deadline of Monday at 5 p.m. EDT for attorneys representing two same-sex couples to respond to a request to stay a federal appeals court ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. Attorneys representing a county clerk in northern Virginia on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to ...

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Opponents ask U.S. Supreme Court to delay same-sex marriage in Virginia

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- Attorneys representing a county clerk in northern Virginia have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay a circuit court ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Alliance Defending Freedom on Thursday asked the nation's highest court to stay the decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

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Federal court clarifies date for same-sex marriage in Virginia

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court is clarifying when same-sex marriages could begin in Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond decided Wednesday not to delay its ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

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Appeals court won’t grant stay of Va. same-sex marriage ruling

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to delay its ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, which means that same-sex couples could begin marrying in the state as early as next week. The state would also need to start recognizing marriages from out of state by next Wednesday, assuming the U.S. Supreme Court does not intervene.

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Va. AG asks U.S. Supreme Court to review same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, August 8, 2014
Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, giving the high court its third such case to choose from when justices return in October. Herring, who declined to defend the ban in federal court and who said he supports the lower court’s decision ...

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Virginia AG to seek U.S. Supreme Court review of same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Tuesday he would ask the Supreme Court to review a decision that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, although he supports the lower court's decision. The Democrat has chosen not to defend the state's law, but has also asked for 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stay its decision ...

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Plaintiffs ask appeals court to reject stay of Va. same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Virginia plaintiffs
RICHMOND, Va. -- The plaintiffs in a court case challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban want a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages to occur before the U.S. Supreme Court can rule on the issue. "The right to marry is fundamental, and thus Virginia's marriage prohibition irreparably harms plaintiffs-appellees - and all gay men and lesbians in the ...

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Marriage News Watch: Virginia win impacts neighbor states

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Marriage equality supporters and opponents gather outside the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps the Fourth Circuit decision that upheld a ruling that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, and the immediate fallout in several nearby states under that Circuit Court's jurisdiction.

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