Snow delays hearing for couple challenging Va. gay marriage law

Tim Bostic and Tony London (WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)
Tim Bostic and Tony London (WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A hearing in the Bostic v. Rainey case has been continued due to this week’s winter weather conditions.

Attorney General Mark Herring is expected to attend oral arguments in the case, which is a challenge in federal court to Virginia’s ban on marriage rights for same-sex couples. Herring previously announced he believes Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Tim Bostic, a professor at Old Dominion University, and his partner Tony London filed a lawsuit in federal court in Norfolk last year challenging the same-sex marriage ban. The ban was put in place in 2006 when a constitutional amendment was approved by Virginia voters.

The hearing was set to take place Jan. 30. A new court date has not been set, but according to the Office of the Attorney General, it will be rescheduled in February.

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