Va. Gay Marriage Case Heads to Appeals Court

by Mark Sherman
Saturday Feb 15, 2014
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From left back row, Carol Schall , Emily Schall-Townley,16, daughter of Schall and Townley and Mary Townley , Tim Bostic and Tony London
From left back row, Carol Schall , Emily Schall-Townley,16, daughter of Schall and Townley and Mary Townley , Tim Bostic and Tony London  (Source:AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Bill Tiernan)

With Virginia’s gay marriage ban overturned, the legal fight over same-sex unions in that state goes to a court that has shifted to the left since President Barack Obama’s election.

It’s no accident that the state has become a testing ground for federal judges’ willingness to embrace same-sex marriage after last year’s strongly worded pro-gay rights ruling by the Supreme Court. Judges appointed by Democratic presidents now have a 10-5 edge over Republicans on the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Three other federal appeals courts will soon take up the right of same-sex couples to marry, too. One is dominated by judges appointed by Democratic presidents. Another has shifted from a Republican advantage to an even split. The other remains relatively unchanged in favor of Republicans.

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  • Anonymous, 2014-02-14 18:56:41

    Courts are not political. They interpret the laws or the constitution. They are doing their jobs. It has nothing to do with Democrat or Republican, no matter how they decide.


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