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The Virginia lawsuit was filed by Timothy Bostic and Tony London of Norfolk, who were denied a marriage license, and Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Chesterfield County. The women were married in California and wanted their marriage recognized in Virginia, where they are raising a 16 year old daughter.
Three more federal appeals of gay marriage rulings are coming up: The 6th Circuit in Cincinnati will hear arguments on Aug. 6 for Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. The 7th Circuit in Chicago is set for arguments on Aug. 26 and the 9th Circuit in San Francisco for Sept. 8. Supreme Court plenty of options to take up gay marriage again in its next term, beginning in October.
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"We recognize that same sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws," Floyd wrote, joined by Judge Roger L. Gregory. Judge Paul V. Niemeyer dissented. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year. Most are still under appeal. More than 70 cases have been filed in all 31 states that prohibit same sex marriage. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia allow such marriages.
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"Marriage is one of the most fundamental rights if not the most fundamental right of all Americans," plaintiffs' attorney David Boies said in a statement. "This court has affirmed that our plaintiffs and all gay and lesbian Virginians no longer have to live as second class citizens who are harmed and demeaned every day."
voted 57 percent to 43 percent in 2006 to amend their constitution to ban gay marriage. Virginia laws prohibit recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states. Writing for the 2 1 majority, Judge Henry F. Floyd said Virginia's bans "impermissibly infringe on its citizens' fundamental right to marry."
also will apply to other states in the circuit when the decision becomes final in 21 days, providing that the court does not issue a stay at the request of the supporters of Virginia's gay marriage ban, said James Esseks, an Womens Nike Huarache Black
Two other same sex couples, Joanne Harris and Jessica Duff of Staunton and Christy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd of Winchester, filed a similar lawsuit in Harrisonburg and were allowed to intervene in the federal case.
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Family Foundation of Virginia President Victoria Cobb, who had not fully read the entire ruling, said the court "ignored all the facts and evidence that the government's only interest in marriage is that kids, whenever possible, have a mom and a dad."
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) 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. 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 the Huarache Nike Boys South, where states' rights have held particular sway for generations. Constitution. Supreme Court; otherwise, marriage licenses to same sex couples could begin to be issued in 21 days.
attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. Maryland, one of the states in the circuit, already allows same sex marriages.
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