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Appeals court in Va. to hear gay marriage case

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  • Members of the Family Foundation and Traditional marriage, Barbara Kerns, of Midlothain, Va., prays outside the Federal Appeals Court in Richmond, Va. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is taking up the issue of gay marriage, with arguments scheduled on a ruling that the state's ban on such unions is unconstitutional.

      Members of the Family Foundation and Traditional marriage, Barbara Kerns, of Midlothain, Va., prays outside the Federal Appeals Court in Richmond, Va. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is taking up the issue of gay marriage, with arguments scheduled on a ruling that the state's ban on such unions is unconstitutional.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court in Virginia is taking up the issue of gay marriage, with arguments scheduled on a ruling that the state's ban on such unions is unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear the arguments Tuesday. It's the third gay-marriage case to reach the arguments stage in a federal appeals court. Both sides expect the issue to ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Two same-sex couples filed the lawsuit challenging Virginia's constitutional amendment and state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage and barring recognition of such unions performed in other states. The defendants are two circuit court clerks and the state registrar of vital records.

The Richmond-based appeals court typically rules weeks, or even months, after arguments.

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