Court Dumps Virginia's Gay Marriage Ban
US circuit court says state ban is unconstitutional
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2014 12:42 PM CDT
In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Spencer Geiger, left, of Virginia Beach, and Carl Johanson of Norfolk hold signs as they demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

(Newser) – A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. A three-judge panel of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled today that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the US Constitution. The Virginia gay marriage case is one of several that could go to the US Supreme Court.

In February, US District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban violates equal protection and due process guarantees. Lawyers for two circuit court clerks whose duties include issuing marriage licenses appealed. The lawsuit was filed by two Norfolk men who were denied a marriage license and two Chesterfield County women whose marriage in California is not recognized by Virginia.

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geo wells
Jul 29, 2014 4:46 PM CDT
Devil in black robes tell us what the law is. Would any of our Founding Fathers who gave us the laws have agreed with this devil? We live in the midst of the deconstruction of all White countries and White laws. And an invasion of non-whites who are having all national wealth transferred to them courtesy of Pres O and other traitors. Diversity is a codeword for White genocide.
gomer99
Jul 29, 2014 12:19 PM CDT
...heh,heh,heh... The usual knuckle draggers wandering around again. Wonder how they figured out how to use technology.
JackNelsonSteward
Jul 29, 2014 9:18 AM CDT
One at a time, if necessary, the discriminatory marriage laws will be overturned. The State may not discriminate among its owners on criteria in which it has no legitimate interest. Though it fully administers the civil rite that is marriage, the genders of the spouses in a marriage is completely irrelevant to the State's legitimate interests. Its functions are the same no matter the genders of the spouses. Majorities may not vote to deprive minorities of their rights. There is not much more basic a human and civil right than marrying the person you choose to be your partner through life. The State has a mandate to ensure equal opportunity and equal protection under the law. The Court oversees the State, ensuring that it fulfills its mandate and examining its actions in the light of the Constitution and forbidding and overturning any it finds to be UN-Constitutional.