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Aug 27, 2014

Gay marriage advocates ask top U.S. court to strike down state bans

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – In a bold legal move, gay
marriage advocates are urging the U.S. Supreme Court in three
pending cases to decide once and for all whether states can ban
same-sex unions.

Gay and lesbian plaintiffs won before appeals courts in
cases involving bans in Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma, and lawyers
for those states have already asked the justices to take up
their appeals. Lawyers defending the bans contend that the U.S.
Constitution gives the states the role of defining marriage.

Aug 27, 2014

Gay marriage advocates to urge top court to strike down state bans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a bold legal move that few litigants try, gay marriage advocates plan to urge the U.S. Supreme Court in three pending cases across the country to decide once and for all whether states can ban same-sex unions.

Gay and lesbian plaintiffs won before appeals courts in cases involving bans in Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma, and lawyers for those states have already asked the justices to take up their appeals. Lawyers defending the bans contend that the U.S. Constitution gives the states the role of defining marriage.

Aug 26, 2014

Philip Morris ordered to defend fraud suit over U.S. military vendors

WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on
Tuesday revived a lawsuit against Philip Morris USA Inc that
claims the tobacco company defrauded the federal government by
failing to sell cigarettes to military vendors at the lowest
price.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit said that a lower court judge should not have dismissed
the lawsuit by Anthony Oliver, the president and CEO of
Medallion Brands International Co, another cigarette company.

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.