American Foundation for Equal Rights

AP: A high-profile challenge of Va.’s gay marriage ban

Steve Szkota of The Associated Press covers Bostic v. Rainey:

The high-profile legal tandem that brought down California’s prohibition on same-sex marriage has joined a challenge of Virginia’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

David Boies and Theodore B. Olson announced Monday their participation in a challenge of the gay marriage ban, which also includes a denial of recognition of such unions sanctioned by other states. The case involves two gay men who say they were turned down July 1 when they tried to obtain a marriage license in Norfolk Circuit Court.

“This case is about state laws that violate personal freedoms, are unnecessary government intrusions, and cause serious harm to loving gay and lesbian couples,” Olson said in a statement released ahead of a news conference in Washington. “As a Virginian and a conservative, I believe these laws stand against the very principles of our nation’s founding.”

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