Bostic v. Schaefer

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Description:  A group of same-sex couples in Virginia have filed suit in federal court to challenge Virginia's voter-approved constitutional amendment affirming marriage. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represent Prince William County Clerk of Court Michèle B. McQuigg, whom the district court allowed to intervene in defense of the state’s marriage laws because she is tasked with issuing marriage licenses in that county.

Supreme Court puts hold on 4th Circuit’s marriage decision

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Byron Babione regarding the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to put a hold on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit’s 2-1 decision against Virginia’s marriage amendment while the case, Bostic v. Schaefer, is appealed to the high court. ADF attorneys represent Prince William County Clerk of Court Michèle B. McQuigg in defense of the amendment.

“Virginians deserve an orderly and fair resolution to the question of whether they will remain free to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman in their laws. By granting our request to place a hold on the 4th Circuit’s decision, the Supreme Court is making clear, as it already did in the Utah marriage case, that it believes a dignified process is better than disorder. The Supreme Court acted wisely in restraining the lower court from implementing a ruling of this magnitude before the high court has a chance to decide the issue.”

  • Pronunciation guide: Babione (BABB’-ee-ohn)

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Previous news releases:

  • 2014-08-14: Va. clerk asks Supreme Court to put hold on 4th Circuit’s marriage decision
  • 2014-08-13: Va. clerk to ask Supreme Court to put hold on 4th Circuit’s marriage decision
  • 2014-08-01: Clerk asks 4th Circuit to hold its decision on marriage
  • 2014-07-28: 4th Circuit strikes down Va. marriage amendment, clerk considering appeal
  • 2014-05-12: ADF: 4th Circuit should uphold right of Virginians to affirm marriage
  • 2014-04-01: County clerk to 4th Circuit: Uphold Va. marriage amendment
  • 2014-02-14: ADF, county clerk considering appeal of decision against Va. marriage amendment

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