Tag: appeals court

law

Appeals court rejects Pittsylvania County appeal in government prayer case

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today unanimously dismissed Pittsylvania County’s appeal from a lower court order prohibiting the Board of Supervisors from opening its meetings with Christian prayers offered by Board members.


LGBTQ

Task force comments on gay marriage ruling

Today the United States Supreme Court denied review of seven federal appeals court decisions striking down marriage bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.


LGBTQ

ACLU, Lambda Legal ask Supreme Court to reject motion to delay Virginia marriages

Today, the ACLU, ACLU of Virginia and Lambda Legal will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the motion filed Thursday by Prince William County Clerk Michèle McQuigg’s seeking to stay the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Schaefer v. Bostic striking down Virginia’s discriminatory marriage ban.


LGBTQ

LGBT task force celebrates marriage court ruling

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is celebrating the federal court of appeals’ decision clearing the way for marriage equality in Virginia by refusing to stay its decision that struck down the state’s marriage ban last month.


mark herring

AG asks U.S. Supreme Court to review marriage equality case

As announced earlier this week, Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States asking the Court to review the district and appeals court’s decisions striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.


ACLU lauds Fourth Circuit same sex marriage ruling

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today affirmed a district court ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on marriage for same sex couples.


LGBTQ

Appeals court strikes down Virginia same sex marriage ban

Today, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals became just the second federal appeals court since last year’s Windsor case to affirm the Constitutional requirement of marriage equality. The court voted 2-1 to overturn the Virginia ban on same sex marriage.


Congressional leaders: EPA making ‘unjustified power grab’

Three Virginia members of the U.S. House of Representatives led 39 members of Congress in filing an amicus brief supporting the American Farm Bureau Federation’s lawsuit against the EPA.


LGBTQ

Appeals court hears arguments in marriage ban case

A federal appeals court will hear extended arguments today in a challenge to Virginia’s constitutional and statutory bans on marriage for same-sex couples.


randy forbes

Randy Forbes: Banning the American flag?

In 2010, five students went to school at their public high school in California wearing T-shirts that displayed the American flag. That sentence seems anything but newsworthy. In fact, it seems extremely ordinary in a nation where citizens proudly display our flag on apparel, outside our homes, on our cars, inside our schools, and across our towns.


LGBTQ

Appeals court allows Virginia marriage cases to be heard together

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted on Monday a motion to intervene in Bostic v. Rainey that had been filed by Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia on behalf of a class of all Virginia’s same-sex couples simultaneously challenging the state’s marriage ban in its own case, Harris v. Rainey.


LGBTQ

ACLU, Lambda Legal seek to intervene in federal marriage case in Virginia

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Virginia, and Lambda Legal filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to intervene on behalf of all Virginia’s same-sex couples and their families in Bostic v. Rainey.


congress

Senate confirms Patricia Millett for appeals court

The post-judicial filibusters era is off to a rousing start with the Senate confirmation Tuesday of Patricia Millett, of Alexandria to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.The Senate voted 56-38 to confirm Millett, who was blocked by a Republican filibuster on Oct. 31 in a move that prompted Senate Democrats to push for a rules change.