Thursday, February 13, 2014

Federal judge strikes down Virginia's Marshall-Newman amendment

On the eve of Valentine's Day, a US District Judge Arenda L Wright Allen has struck down the Marshall-Newman amendment in Virginia, which bans gay marriage and even civil unions, as a violation of federal equal protection.
The Huffington Post has a story quoting the ruling here.

The plaintiffs were two couples:  Tim Bostic and Tony London, and Carey Shawl and Mary Townley.
Demonstrations were planned for the Arlington Court House area Friday morning, and in Fairfax City, although the heavy snows may affect plans.  There was an informal planning and karaoke sing Tuesday night at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Arlington (with competition from the Sochi Olympics half-pipes on the small televisions around the bar).   
 Reuters has a detailed story here.
The AP story appeared on ABC News here
No source seemed to have the full text of the opinion yet. The ruling will be stayed for an appeal. Not sure how the appeal course will work yet.

Update:  Feb. 14

Mother Jones has reproduced the critical parts of the text of the Opinion, here

The American Foundation for Equal Rights has posted the pdf of the court ruling, from Norfolk VA, here  Norflok did not escape the blizzard.

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