Virginia marriage equality lawsuit opening arguments today

Virginia marriage equality lawsuit opening arguments today

The first hearing in the Virginia marriage equality case of Bostic v. Rainey will be held at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia before Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen at 10am.

The Bostic Plaintiffs’ lawsuit – first filed in July 2013 in Norfolk – argues that the Virginia Marriage Amendment and laws banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional because they violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, violate Due Process, and single out gays and lesbians for a disfavored legal status, thereby creating a category of “second-class citizens.”

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will attend the morning’s hearing.

Virginia Solicitor General Stuart Raphael will argue on behalf of the Commonwealth.

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