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.
With Virginia’s gay marriage ban overturned, the legal fight over same-sex unions in that state goes to a court that has shifted to the left since President Barack Obama’s election.
The two couples at the center of a fight over the legality of gay marriage in Virginia are celebrating a federal judge’s ruling overturning the state’s ban.
With a ruling on Virginia’s ban on gay marriages pending, the Virginia Attorney General’s Office asked 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.
The case is the first one in the South to reach oral arguments before a federal judge.
A federal judge in Virginia has certified as a class action a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on gay marriage.
Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to wed.
In less than a month, two federal judges have struck down state bans on gay marriage for the same reason, concluding that they violate the Constitution’s promise of equal treatment under the law.
A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban, ruling that it violates the U.S. Constitution.
Democratic lawmakers have pledged to try and make gay marriage legal in Virginia.