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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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 → ]
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 → ]
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 → ]
Virginia

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 → ]
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 → ]
Virginia

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 → ]
Virginia

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 → ]
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 → ]
U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen

Hearing scheduled for Thursday in challenge to Va. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, January 27, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- A federal judge in Virginia will hear oral arguments on Thursday in one of two lawsuits challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
AP

Va. AG says gay marriage ban unconstitutional, joins fight against it

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- Following a seismic political shift in Virginia, the new attorney general has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, and on Thursday he joined a lawsuit challenging it. [ Read more → ]
ACLU VirginiaChristy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd

Va. quickly emerging as key battleground state in marriage equality fight

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to marry. This purple state was once perceived as unfriendly and even bordering on hostile to gay rights. That's changed after a seismic political shift in the top three elected offices, from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats who support same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Schall and Townley

Plaintiffs in Va. same-sex marriage lawsuit say minds changing

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Seven years ago, Virginians voted 57 percent to 43 percent to approve the gay marriage ban. But Carol Schall and Mary Townley believe the tide is changing. Their view is supported by a Quinnipiac University poll in July that found that 50 percent of registered Virginia voters support same-sex marriage, while 43 percent oppose it. [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

Cuccinelli cites 600-year-old law, religion in brief defending Va. gay marriage ban

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Citing antiquated laws, using arguments that have previously failed constitutional muster, and referencing religion as the basis for state law, Virgina Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has filed a brief in a federal court defending Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Olson Boies

Prop 8 attorneys join in challenge to overturn Va. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, September 30, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- The high-profile legal tandem that brought down California's prohibition on same-sex marriage has joined a challenge of Virginia's constitutional ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Tony London (left) and Timothy Bostic

Va. couple files federal lawsuit challenging state’s ban on gay marriage

Saturday, July 20, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. -- A Virginia couple on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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