Tag Archives: SCOTUS

AFER To SCOTUS: Hear Our Virginia Case

The American Foundation for Equal Rights today filed a SCOTUS brief which demands that the Court hear their Virginia marriage equality suit. “Forty-seven years ago, Mildred and Richard Loving passionately argued that the Supreme Court must end the unjust laws that dare to tell us who we can and cannot love,” said Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn …

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VIRGINIA: Anti-Gay Norfolk County Clerk Petitions SCOTUS To Hear Marriage Appeal

Via SCOTUSblog: Arguing that lower federal courts have “subverted” the Supreme Court’s decision last year on same-sex marriage, a Virginia court clerk on Friday filed his own petition – the second filing seeking a ruling on the constitutionality of that state’s ban on such marriages and the fourth on the basic constitutional issue. The filing may complicate the Court’s chances …

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SCOTUSblog: The Court Has Given No Clear Signal On Taking Any Marriage Case

Lyle Denniston writes at SCOTUSblog: Since early this year, the Supreme Court has stepped back into the same-sex marriage controversy five times. While it has done little to explain those actions, it has sent some signals about its thinking. Its most important signals may have been those it appeared to have sent Wednesday, in putting off the issuance of marriage …

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Brian Brown: The Tide Has Turned

“After winning many lawsuits in lower federal courts presided over by hand-picked, liberal, activist judges, the momentum behind the marriage redefinition agenda is waning. Remember, in addition to the Supreme Court’s intervention in Utah and Virginia, federal judges in states like Wisconsin are taking notice and issuing stays on their own decisions to allow the legal process to play out. …

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Brian Brown Celebrates Virginia Stay

“We are pleased that the US Supreme Court has put a halt to the decision in Virginia redefining marriage in violation of the state’s marriage amendment overwhelmingly approved by voters. We had called upon the Court to take this step and are gratified that they will now be able to carefully consider the issues. This is another indication that the …

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LGBT Groups React To Virginia Stay

Equality Virginia It is disappointing that the Supreme Court stayed the 4th Circuit Court’s decision.  Lesbian and gay Virginians have waited long enough for the freedom to marry. Loving couples – and families – should not have to endure yet another standstill before their commitment to one another is recognized here in Virginia. Every day that this ruling is stayed, …

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FRC Cheers Virginia Stay Continuance

Via press release from the FRC: The Fourth Circuit erred when it struck down the decision of the people of Virginia to define marriage as it has been understood for ages: as being between one man and one woman. Today, the Supreme Court put a hold on the Fourth Circuit ruling, allowing Virginia’s law to continue to be enforced while …

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BREAKING: Full SCOTUS Continues Stay On Virginia Same-Sex Marriages

And of course they had to drag it down to the wire.

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Former NOM Official: It’s Over, Same-Sex Marriage Will Be Legal Nationwide In 2015

Jeremy Hooper writes at Good As You: From 2008–2013, some of the most crucial years of the marriage equality fight, Jennifer Roback Morse was on the front lines, serving first as a Proposition 8 spokesperson and then in a six-figure, senior role with the National Organization For Marriage’s Education Fund. And during that time, she said all kinds of strange …

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Freep This Virginia Poll

The poll is here. Today is the day for Supreme Court Justice John Roberts to give us the decision or do nothing and allow the stay to expire. In the unlikely event that the stay is not continued, marriages commence tomorrow morning. At courthouses across the commonwealth, more than 60 clergy will stand ready on Thursday to perform ceremonies as …

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VIRGINIA: AG Mark Herring Ask SCOTUS To Continue Stay On Same-Sex Marriages

Via the Washington Post: Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) told the Supreme Court on Monday that it should put on hold a lower court’s order that same-sex couples in the state be allowed to marry, beginning this week. Herring said that he agrees with the panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that struck Virginia’s …

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VIRGINIA: AFER Tells SCOTUS Not To Continue Stay On Same-Sex Marriages

Via press release: Today, lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the Bostic case responded to a petition by defendants seeking a stay of the United States Circuit Court for the Fourth Circuit’s decision that found Virginia’s marriage ban unconstitutional by urging the Supreme Court not to delay the issuance of marriage licenses for same-sex couples in Virginia. The American Foundation for …

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VIRGINIA: Plaintiffs To Tell SCOTUS Not To Continue Same-Sex Marriage Stay

On Friday, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts announced a 5PM today deadline for Virginia’s marriage plaintiffs to respond to the stay continuance demand made last week by the Alliance Defending Freedom. Via press release: Today, Lambda Legal, the ACLU and ACLU of Virginia will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the motion filed Thursday by Prince William County …

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UTAH: Facebook Donates $10K To The Campaign Of Anti-Gay AG Sean Reyes

Q Salt Lake reports: According to disclosures filed with the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s office, Facebook, Inc. donated $10,000 to the campaign of Attorney General Sean Reyes on May 13, 2014. Facebook, according to its “diversity” page, “values the impact that every individual can have. We are dedicated to creating an environment where people can be their authentic selves and share …

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VIRGINIA: Chief Justice John Roberts Sets Monday 5PM Deadline For Stay Response

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who has jurisdiction over the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, today set a deadline of Monday 5PM for attorneys for the Virginia plaintiffs to respond to yesterday’s stay demand by the Alliance Defending Freedom. Should Roberts reject the stay demand, same-sex marriages would commence on Thursday at 8AM. (Tipped by JMG reader ArchiLaw)

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Brian Brown To SCOTUS: Grant The Stay Demanded By Our Fellow Hate Group

“We urge the Supreme Court to grant Prince William County Clerk Michèle McQuigg’s request for a stay of the decision in Bostic v. Schaefer while the matter is appealed. The 4th Circuit has wrongly rejected the request for a stay, and now it lies with the Justices in Washington to ensure that this case can be appealed in an orderly …

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Alliance Defending Freedom Formally Files Fourth Circuit Stay Demand With SCOTUS

Late this afternoon the virulently anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom formally filed their demand that the US Supreme Court stay the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that overturned Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. According to their stay demand, which was filed on behalf of the clerk of Prince William County, there is a “fair prospect” that SCOTUS will overturn the …

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VIRGINIA: Fourth Circuit Says Marriages To Commence Next Thursday Barring Action By SCOTUS

Via SCOTUSblog: The clerk of the Fourth Circuit Court has notified counsel that the decision against the Virginia same-sex marriage ban is scheduled — as of now — to go into effect at 9 a.m. next Thursday — a day later than state officials had expected. However, that could be delayed if the Supreme Court were to impose a delay. …

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BREAKING: Fourth Circuit Court DENIES Stay On Virginia Same-Sex Marriages

Via the ACLU of Virginia: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today denied a request to delay implementation of its ruling striking down Virginia laws denying marriage to same-sex couples. The court’s action means that, unless the Supreme Court intervenes, couples may begin marrying and having their out-of-state marriages recognized in Virginia on August 18. Prince William …

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