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McGee v. Cole

McGee v. Cole is a federal court challenge filed October 1, 2013, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia by Lambda Legal, on behalf of three same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in West Virginia.

On June 10, 2014, the case was stayed pending a decision in Bostic v. Schaefer.

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Federal judge makes it official, strikes down West Virginia gay marriage ban

Friday, November 7, 2014
West-Virginia
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Although West Virginia’s Attorney General stopped defending the state's same-sex marriage ban and gay couples began marrying last month, a federal court on Friday made it official, striking down the ban as mandated by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' earlier ruling striking down a similar ban in Virginia.

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West Virginia begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, October 9, 2014
West-Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- County clerks in West Virginia were told to begin accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples Thursday after Attorney General Patrick Morrisey dropped his fight to a court challenge on the state's gay marriage ban.

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Federal judge lifts hold on West Virginia same-sex marriage challenge

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
West-Virginia
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A federal judge has lifted his hold on a lawsuit challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers on Tuesday ordered the state and two county clerks to respond to a motion by plaintiffs by Oct. 21.

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Federal judge in W.Va. delays same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, September 18, 2014
West-Virginia
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A federal judge in West Virginia has delayed ruling on a lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington says due to the "overlap of issues" presented in the West Virginia case and a similar one in Virginia, he put the case on hold this week pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Judge asked to lift stay in challenge to W.Va. same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, July 31, 2014
West-Virginia
HUNTINGTON, W.V. -- Attorneys for three same-sex couples challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal judge to to lift a stay it had entered pending the decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in similar challenge in neighboring Virginia.

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Judge puts W.Va. gay marriage suit on hold pending outcome of Va. case

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
West-Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge has put a lawsuit challenging West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage on hold until a federal appeals court decides a similar Virginia case. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers entered an order Tuesday that stayed the case until the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides a case from Virginia.

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Federal judge says suit challenging W.Va. gay marriage ban can proceed

Friday, January 31, 2014
West-Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge says most of a lawsuit challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage can proceed.

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Lambda Legal seeks swift ruling in W.Va. same-sex marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Lambda LegalPlaintiffs Nancy Michael and Jane Fenton with their son Drew.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a motion for summary judgment asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to rule swiftly in a case brought by three same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry.

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W.Va. attorney general to defend state’s gay marriage ban in federal court

Friday, November 22, 2013
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R-W.Va.)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Attorney General's Office said in a motion Friday that it wants to defend in federal court the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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W.Va. county clerk wins more time to answer same-sex marriage suit

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
West-Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A judge is giving the clerk of West Virginia's biggest county 60 more days to answer a lawsuit over the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

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