Appeals court expedites gay marriage case

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – There is now a timetable on when an appeals court will hear arguments on Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed to expedite the case’s process through the legal system and combine it with a similar case, Harris v. Rainey, in the Western District, according to Michael Kelly with the Office of the Attorney General Mark Herring.

Now the appellees for both the Bostic and Harris cases will file their arguments at the same time. Lawyers on both sides are scheduled to present their arguments in Richmond during the court’s May 12-15 argument session.

Last month, a Norfolk federal judge ruled Virginia’s amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution. However, she did impose action that it be struck down.

Attorney General Mark Herring has been leading the charge on the issue, trying to get the ban removed.

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