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February 2014

Federal Judge strikes down Texas marriage ban, grants preliminary injunction
This is the fifth time a federal court has ruled laws prohibiting gay and lesbian couples from marrying unconstitutional, and the fourth in two months.
Federal court case for marriage equality advances in Virginia – Timeline
In the month of February, AFER’s federal court case in Virginia was fully argued, decided and appealed.
Marriage equality court victory appealed, case advances in Virginia
Judgment in AFER's federal court case has now been entered and the defense immediately filed an appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
What It Was Like: Victory in Virginia
Last week AFER made history. Watch this video to see what it was like to be with our plaintiffs and legal team the day the Federal District Court ruled Virginia's marriage ban unconstitutional.
Top Headlines: Judge rules VA marriage ban unconstitutional
Check out front pages and headlines from the District Court's Decision in Bostic v. Rainey
Victory in Virginia: Federal court rules on marriage equality
The Federal District Court ruled that Virginia’s marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution. It said that loving couples like our plaintiffs, Tim Bostic & Tony London and Carol Schall & Mary Townley are entitled to the same basic rights and protections as every other American.
Federal Judge orders Kentucky to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages
Federal District Court struck down Kentucky’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside of the Bluegrass State. Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled that laws enumerated in the Kentucky Constitution “deny validly married same-sex couples equal recognition and benefits under Kentucky and federal law.
Justice Department expands recognition of married gay couples
Attorney General Eric Holder released a memo that details expanded recognition for married gay and lesbian couples, regardless of where they live. As long a couple is legally married in a country, state or city with marriage equality, the Justice Department will treat them as legally married.
Marriage equality ruling “expected soon” in Virginia
AFER's legal teamwas back in federal court today. They made a forceful case in Norfolk, Virginia that all Americans are guaranteed the freedom to marry the person they love.
From the Headlines: federal court hears marriage equality case
The Federal District Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Bostic v. Rainey, AFER's callenge to Virginia's ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples.