Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 1, 2013

Lawsuit challenging Va. gay marriage ban filed

RICHMOND, Va. — Civil liberties and gay-rights groups are challenging Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban in court.

The ACLU of Virginia and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Harrisonburg. Two couples, one from Staunton and one from Winchester, are plaintiffs.

Virginia voters in 2006 approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage and denying recognition of such marriages sanctioned by other states.

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to married gay couples. The justices also left intact a lower court ruling overturning California’s gay marriage ban. That decision was based on a legal technicality and did not address the law’s constitutionality.

A Norfolk couple already is challenging Virginia’s gay marriage ban in another federal lawsuit.

 

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