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Aug 20, 2014

Supreme Court puts hold on gay marriage in Virginia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court stopped gay marriage in Virginia from going ahead on Wednesday, staying an appeals court ruling that had struck down a state ban.

The court granted a stay application filed by opponents of gay marriage. The action was not a ruling on the merits of gay marriage, but means a July 28 pro-gay marriage ruling by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not be implemented while litigation continues.

Aug 18, 2014

Advocates urge U.S. Supreme Court not to block gay marriage in Virginia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Gay marriage supporters on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to block a court ruling that would allow same-sex couples to wed in Virginia.

Lawyers for gay and lesbian couples who want to get married urged U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts not to grant an emergency stay application filed by a Republican elected official in Northern Virginia.

Aug 18, 2014

Advocates urge U.S. top court not to block gay marriage in Virginia

WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Gay marriage supporters on
Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to block a court ruling
that would allow same-sex couples to wed in Virginia.

Lawyers for gay and lesbian couples who want to get married
urged U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts not to grant an emergency
stay application filed by a Republican elected official in
Northern Virginia.

Aug 14, 2014

Official asks U.S. chief justice to block Virginia gay marriages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A county clerk in Virginia on Thursday asked U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts to block an appeals court ruling that would allow gay marriages to go ahead for the first time in the state next week.

Lawyers for Michele McQuigg, Prince William County clerk of court, said they filed an emergency stay application at the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to prevent an appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage from going into effect.

Aug 13, 2014

U.S. appeals court declines to block Virginia gay marriage ruling

WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on
Wednesday declined to delay its ruling striking down Virginia’s
ban on same-sex marriage, meaning gay people in the state will
be able to get married unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond struck
down the state ban in July. The state’s Democratic attorney
general, Mark Herring, who backs gay marriage, and opponents of
same-sex marriage had asked the court to stay its ruling while
the Supreme Court considered the case.

Aug 12, 2014

Court upholds former congressional staffer’s conviction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a former House of Representatives staff member for receiving gifts from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s firm including baseball World Series tickets and a visit to a strip club.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the claims raised on appeal by Fraser Verrusio, who was convicted in 2011 of conspiring and accepting an illegal gratuity and making false statements.

Aug 6, 2014

U.S. appeals court conflicted over gay marriages cases

CINCINNATI, Ohio, Aug 6 (Reuters) – In a sign that
gay-marriage rights may be losing momentum in U.S. courts, the
three judges on a federal appeals court in Cincinnati appeared
divided on Wednesday when they heard oral arguments in cases
from four states.

Since a key U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June 2013, more
than 20 courts in succession have ruled in favor of gay
marriage. So the approach of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals was being closely watched.

Aug 6, 2014

U.S. appeals court takes up gay marriage cases from four states

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The national battle over same-sex marriage will resume on Wednesday when a federal appeals court in Cincinnati convenes a special three-hour hearing to consider cases that have worked their way up from lower courts in four different states.

In all of the six cases to be heard, lower court judges have sided with gay rights advocates either by striking down state bans on gay marriage, or by requiring state governments to recognize gay marriages from states where they are legal.

Aug 5, 2014

Utah asks U.S. top court to hear gay marriage case

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Utah officials on Tuesday
filed court papers asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the
state’s ban on gay marriage.

If the court agrees to hear Utah’s case, it could lead to a
ruling of national scope on the legality of gay marriage bans.

Aug 1, 2014

U.S. court upholds Guantanamo detainee search policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration’s new search procedures for Guantanamo Bay detainees, rejecting the argument that invasive practices such as frisking of anal and groin areas discouraged consultation with defense lawyers.

In reversing a 2013 federal court ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit described the new search policy and a restriction on the location of detainees’ meetings with lawyers as “reasonable security precautions.”