USA, Virginia: The Next Great Marriage Equality Case Is… Virginia?

Written by scott on September 30th, 2013

VirginiaThe two lawyers who took the Prop 8 case all the way that the US Supreme Court are getting involved in another marriage equality case, this time in Virginia.

The Washington Post reports:

The American Foundation for Equal Rights — with its attention-getting political odd couple of conservative Republican lawyer Theodore Olson and liberal Democrat David Boies — will announce Monday it is joining a lawsuit against what the lawyers called Virginia’s “draconian” laws prohibiting same-sex marriages, the recognition of such marriages performed where they are legal, and civil unions. It is one of dozens of lawsuits filed across the nation by same-sex marriage activists who say they feel emboldened by the Supreme Court’s decisions in June that overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that forbade recognition of same-sex marriages and separately allowed such unions to resume in California.

Why Virginia?

Olson said AFER was invited to join the case by attorneys for the plaintiffs, Norfolk residents Timothy Bostic and Tony London, whose marriage application was turned down, and Carol Schall and Mary Townley, who have a 15-year-old daughter and whose marriage in California is not recognized by the commonwealth. Virginia is an “attractive target,” said Olson, who lives in the state, because its rejection of same-sex marriage and civil unions is so complete. “The more unfairly people are being treated, the more obvious it is that it’s unconstitutional,” Olson said.

Eventually, another one of these test cases will reach the US Supreme Court, at which point, perhaps, the court will actually rule on the merits.

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