January 29, 2014 | by Michael K. Lavers
Hearing in Va. same-sex marriage lawsuit postponed

Carol Schall, Mary Townley, gay marriage, same-sex marriage, marriage equality, Virginia

Carol Schall (left) with Mary Townley and their daughter Emily. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

RICHMOND, Va.—Oral arguments in a federal lawsuit that challenges Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban that was scheduled to take place tomorrow has been postponed because of inclement weather.

Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, Va., is expected to hear the case sometime next month.

Timothy Bostic and Tony London of Norfolk and Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Richmond last year filed a lawsuit against a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Attorney General Mark Herring last week announced he would not defend the marriage amendment—he was to have attended the Jan. 30 before a snowstorm that blanketed the Hampton Roads area with nearly a foot of snow prompted the court to postpone it.

The Alliance Defending Freedom last October filed an amicus brief on behalf of professors from Brigham Young University, the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in D.C. and the Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Va., who support the marriage amendment. The Family Foundation of Virginia has also filed an amicus brief in the case.

The Alliance Defending Freedom is also defending Prince William County Circuit Court Clerk Michèle McQuigg, who is a defendant in the Bostic case.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

1 Comment
  • This postponement is disappointing….but the weather is the weather…. and physical safety is important. I wonder if the "strike down" of the amendment will affect how we file taxes as a same-sex couple in Virginia. Currently, my spouse and I must file as married for federal taxes, but as unmarried singles for Virginia taxes. Does anyone out there have comments or knowledge about this? Thanks!

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