The “Alliance Defending Freedom”, an Orwellian name if there ever was one, plans to try to bypass an en-banc hearing at the Fourth Circuit and appeal the Virginia marriage equality case directly to the US Supreme Court.
The Daily Press reports:
Those legally challenging the ruling had the opportunity to seek a hearing before the full federal appeals court. That court, based in Richmond, has 15 sitting judges from five states. But in a filing Friday, the Alliance Defending Freedom, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., indicated it will bypass that route and go directly to the nation’s highest court in an attempt to settle the issue once and for all.
The Alliance is representing Prince William County Circuit Court Clerk Michele B. McQuigg, who asked to intervene as a defendant in January. That came just days before Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said he would not defend the state’s gay marriage ban — including a 2006 constitutional amendment. “Clerk McQuigg intends to file a petition … with the Supreme Court within the ninety days permitted,” the Alliance’s top lawyer, Byron S. Babione, wrote in the filing, saying the date the petition is due is Oct. 26.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just indicated the Court wouldn’t duck marriage equality this time around if the case was right. Could this be the one?