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Friday, February 14, 2014

Courts - "Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban falls"

Late last evening U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen in Norfolk Virginia struck down Virginia's prohibition against same sex marriage. The decision is on hold pending appeal. Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog has a report, plus a link to the opinion - don't miss the opening quotation, which as Denniston writes, is "a quotation from Mildred Loving on the fortieth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in 1967 striking down Virginia’s ban on interracial marriages."

Here is Josh Gerstein's story this morning in Politico. A quote:

Allen's decision is in line with similar rulings in recent weeks from federal judges in Oklahoma and Utah, who ruled that bans on same-sex marriage in those states were unconstitutional. The judge in Oklahoma stayed the ruling pending appeal. The judge in Utah did not, allowing same-sex marriages to begin immediately, but the Supreme Court stepped in a couple weeks later and suspended the ruling.

Allen, who sits in Norfolk, is an Obama appointee confirmed to the bench in 2011. She's a former Navy JAG corps officer, federal prosecutor and federal defender.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 14, 2014 06:36 AM
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