BOSTIC v. SCHAEFER | 4th Circuit
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia just became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday, July 28, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as early as next year.
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The news just broke that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals - which has control over Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, ruled in a 2-1 ruling that same sex couples have the right to marriage equality.
The Supreme Court has 21 days to stay the ruling, and the appeal of this ruling could eventually find its way to the US Supreme Court next year.
This is the 3rd such ruling by a Circuit Court, since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Additionally, this is a major blow to the Amendment One that passed in NC back in Spring of 2012, double-banning same sex marriage in the state.
Be sure to stay tuned for more info, as it comes. In the meantime, follow the great folks at Equality NC: http://equalitync.org