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Legal ripple effects in the same-sex marriage debate

Marriage
by Mary Reichard
Posted 8/04/14, 03:25 pm

Voices of dissent are harder to find in the growing stack of state-by-state court rulings redefining marriage. Last year, in the very sloppy United States v. Windsor ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on the one hand said the federal government ought not to impose a marriage definition, but on the other hand told the states they can’t define marriage as they always have. A week ago, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Virginia’s law defining marriage between one man and one woman. The 2-1 decision followed similar rulings out of Utah and Oklahoma.

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North Carolina AG: Resistance to gay marriage is futile

Marriage
by The Editors
Posted 7/29/14, 10:25 am

North Carolina’s attorney general announced yesterday he would not continue defending his state’s traditional marriage laws after a federal appeals court struck down a similar statute in neighboring Virginia.

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4th Circuit: Virginia gay marriage ban an 'impermissible infringement'

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by Leigh Jones
Posted 7/28/14, 03:50 pm

A federal court in Virginia struck down that state’s traditional marriage law this morning, striding lock-step with other courts who have ruled same-sex marriage cannot be banned.

The state’s same-sex marriage bans “impermissibly infringe on its citizens’ fundamental right to marry,” Judge Henry F. Floyd wrote for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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