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Top Headlines: AFER joins Virginia marriage equality case

AFER’s announcement Monday that it is joining a federal lawsuit in Virginia made headlines. Here are a few.



Lawyers Olson and Boies want Virginia as same-sex marriage test case
The Washington Post

The legal team that overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage is targeting Virginia to launch another challenge aimed at convincing the Supreme Court that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry no matter where they live. More >

Ted Olson, David Boies Team Up Again To Make Virginia For All Lovers
U.S. News & World Report

“I’m a Virginian, I’ve lived in Virginia for 32 years,” Olson said. “I’ve come to really love Virginia – it’s natural beauty, the entrepreneurial spirit of its people, it’s history, the state of Patrick Henry and George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, the state of the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, that all men are created equal. Of all places in the United States, Virginia should recognize rights of equality.” More >

Prop. 8 legal team joins fight against Virginia’s gay marriage ban
Los Angeles Times

“As a Virginian and a conservative, I believe these [marriage discrimination] laws stand against the very principles of our nation’s founding,” Ted Olson said. More >

Boies & Olson Reteam for VA Gay Marriage Case
Bloomberg Law

The Virginia case is a step beyond the California one. In California, courts had found gays had a right to marry before the state’s voters prohibited same-sex marriage. In Virginia, no such court decision had been made. More >

Legal team that challenged Calif. ban on gay marriage takes aim at Virginia’s prohibition
The Associated Press

Virginia gave us the first marriage equality case — and the one that most clearly established that the right to marry the person you love is a fundamental right of all Americans,” David Boies said in a statement. “It’s fitting, then, that Virginia be the battleground for another great test of that principal.”

Lawyers hope win in California will open Virginia to same-sex marriage

Olson and Boles have joined attorneys representing Timothy Bostic and Tony London of Norfolk and Carol Schall and Mary Townley. More >

Prop 8 Team, Ted Olson And David Boies, To Fight Virginia Marriage Ban

Olson and AFER often pointed to Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 Supreme Court case striking down Virginia’s law banning interracial marriage, as a model for their action in California. Now, Olson, Boies and AFER are going directly to Virginia to fight their next case. More >


Lawyers Target Virginia as Same-Sex Battleground


The legal team that took California’s Proposition 8 to the Supreme Court have chosen Virginia as the battleground which they hope will legalize gay marriage nationwide.

Prop. 8 Legal Team Sets Sights on Va. Marriage Ban
The Advocate

Ted Olson and David Boies, the bipartisan legal team that successfully argued against California’s Proposition 8 at the Supreme Court, have signed on to a federal challenge to Virginia’s ban on marriage equality.

Olson, Boies join Virginia marriage lawsuit
Washington Blade

“We aren’t asking for special privileges or treatment,” Towning said at the National Press Club press conference as she stood alongside Schall and their 15-year-old daughter Emily. “We just want to be the same as everyone else to be married.” More >