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Oral arguments in Virginia marriage equality case postponed

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A district court in Virginia was set to hear oral arguments in Bostic v. Rainey, a challenge to Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, on Thursday, January 30, but bad weather has postponed the hearing. The case us being litigated by Virginia attorney as well as Ted Olson and David Boies, for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER).

The text order postponing the arguments notes that it will be rescheduled in February, though there is no date mentioned:

ORDER ADVISING ALL COUNSEL that due to inclement weather, the Courthouse will be CLOSED on Thursday, January 30, 2014. The hearing set for oral argument on pending dispositive motions in this matter is CONTINUED. The hearing will be re-scheduled in February as soon as practicable. Signed by District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen on 01/29/2014. (Allen, Arenda) (Entered: 01/29/2014)

The court had set aside three hours for arguments in the case, though some of the groups that were invited to participate, mostly in opposition to same-sex marriage, have declined.

Earlier, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that he’ll cease his defense of the ban, and the other parties to the case notified the court that their positions remain unchanged. Prince William County Circuit Court Clerk Michele McQuigg and Norfolk County Court Clerk George Schaefer are not being represented by the attorney general, so they’re free to take their own positions in the case; they’ve said they will still defend it in court.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals would hear an appeal from the district court’s eventual ruling.

Thanks to Kathleen Perrin for this text order

For more information on Bostic v. Rainey (formerly Bostic v. McDonnell)from The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, click here.

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  • 1. Sean from NJ  |  January 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Yay! Another bigot gets put in his place.

  • 2. Bruno71  |  January 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Forgot about him. I guess I'll remember him again when his next appeal is denied.

  • 3. Zack12  |  January 30, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    From a Civil beat article,it does appear there is some bad blood over some of the antics he tried to pull last year..
    His treatment of Cynthia Thielen,the only Republican out of all eight to vote for marriage equality did NOT go over well from I've heard,even those who voted against this ban were disguisted with him.

  • 4. Bruno71  |  January 30, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    He put the crack back in crackpot.

  • 5. Zack12  |  January 29, 2014 at 8:35 pm
    Here's a more indepth article on it but yes Seth,it is nice to see that jerk get his.

  • 6. Pat  |  January 30, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Great, now some bigot will say that the bad weather is a sign of God's disapproval of gay rights making progress…

  • 7. Jude  |  January 30, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Well, it's just happened in England, regarding the passing of marriage equality!…

  • 8. Pat  |  January 30, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Off topic: any update about when Illinois lawmakers will introduce this bill to move the marriage equality date sooner? I thought that was expected at the very beginning of the session

  • 9. Eric Koszyk  |  January 30, 2014 at 8:03 am

    News from VA:

    AG Herring explains his decision:

    First state Republican lawmaker backs SSM:

    Religious "leaders" call for AG Herring's impeachment:

    Article on Tim Bostic and Tony London, who've been together for 25 years:

    Editorial — VA Readies for Equality:

  • 10. Bruno71  |  January 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I was quite impressed that the VA legislator who came out in favor of ME is from southwestern VA.

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