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U.S. appeals court sets Va. same-sex case for May

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has tentatively scheduled May arguments on Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals outlined a schedule Monday that will expedite the case to the Richmond court, with briefs scheduled for later this month.

The 4th Circuit will hear appeals of a federal judge's ruling declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.

The expedited review had been sought by two same-sex couples who challenged the ban as well as Attorney General Mark Herring.

A federal judge in Norfolk declared the state ban unconstitutional but delayed enforcement of her ruling while it is appealed.

That means gay couples in Virginia still can't marry until the case is ultimately resolved. The Virginia challenge could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.


The lack of discrimination is not a marriage license.

29% of the voting public does not equal “overwhelming” by the way, nor a mandate.

The Marshall-Newman Amendment upholding traditional marriage passed in VA with 57% of the vote. To minimize this by saying that a lot of people who would have voted “no” didn’t exercise their right to vote is ridiculous. If you don’t vote, you don’t count. It’s as simple as that.

You forget Troy, Virginians voted this definition into the Constitution.

Wow that is a good one Fred.  So if gay marriage is legal, more people will apparently “decide” to be gay and not “produce future taxpayers”?  That is a good one.  You guys certainly have wild imaginations. 

29% of the voting public does not equal “overwhelming” by the way, nor a mandate.  Maybe you can boohoo about two guys getting married in a country more sympathetic to your values, like Uganda or Iran.

Nobody’s constitutional rights are being violated. The people of Virginia have clarified what constitutes a marriage. If you’ve chosen to not meet the requirements of the law, you don’t get a license.

It doesn’t matter what the will of the Virginia voters is if it’s Un-Constitutional.

Virginians overwhelming voted on the definition of marriage being One Man and One Woman. There is nothing prejudice about that or for a state to only acknowledge that as a valid marriage. It’s also a beneficial acknowledgement, as man/woman marriages produce future taxpayers, so it has an economic benefit to society. Hopefully the courts uphold the will of the voters in Virginia.

Gay marriage and marijuana are being legalized at the same time.

Lev 20:13 says that if a man lays with another man, he shall be stoned.
All this time we’ve misinterpreted the Bible.

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