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Virginia prepares for possibility of same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Marriage equality supporters and opponents gather outside the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
NORFOLK, Va. -- Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to wed in the state Thursday by drafting a revised marriage license form for courthouse clerks to use as soon as they open their doors. The state's ban on same-sex marriages was struck down by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which decided not to delay its ruling while it ...

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Marriage News Watch: Fourth Circuit recap, Miss. couples register marriage licenses

| Monday, August 18, 2014
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps last week’s refusal by the Fourth Circuit to delay it's order striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. Now, anti-gay defendants have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in at the last minute.

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Federal court clarifies date for same-sex marriage in Virginia

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
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
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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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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County clerk seeks stay in Va. same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, August 1, 2014
Michele B. McQuigg
RICHMOND, Va. -- A county court clerk in northern Virginia is seeking to delay a federal appeals court ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Monday that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2006 is unconstitutional.

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U.S. appeals court rules Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

| Monday, July 28, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is the second federal appellate court to overturn gay marriage bans, after the Denver circuit, and is the first to affect ...

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

| Monday, May 12, 2014
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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Federal appeals court rejects Va. AG’s request to reconsider ban on sodomy law

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Ken Cuccinelli
RICHMOND -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has denied a request by the Virginia Attorney General's office to appeal to a March decision that struck down state sodomy laws.

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