John M. Becker

Ruling Imminent in Virginia Marriage Equality Case?

Filed By John M. Becker | January 26, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Arenda Allen, Bostic v. Rainey, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Virginia

judge-arenda-allen.jpgA ruling on one of two federal court challenges to Virginia's constitutional marriage discrimination amendment could be coming quickly.

The case in question is Bostic v. Rainey.

Gay City News reports:

Responding to the January 23 announcement that the Commonwealth of Virginia will no longer defend that state's constitutional and statutory ban on marriage equality, the federal district court judge presiding over one of two pending challenges there has indicated she is prepared to rule based on written briefs that have been submitted in the case.

Following Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement that his office has concluded the state's policy on gay marriage violates the 14th Amendment rights of same-sex couples, District Judge Arenda Allen, citing "the compelling Notice from the Office of the Attorney General," notified parties that she now longer sees a need for oral arguments scheduled for January 30.

She directed all parties to respond as to whether they believe oral arguments are necessary or "whether the Court should instead rule promptly on the briefs without a hearing." The clear suggestion is that argument would be appropriate only to articulate points not already made in the written briefs.

Responses to Judge Allen are due tomorrow, January 27. Stay tuned -- a ruling in this case could come sooner than we thought!

Image source: Kutztown University.


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