Okay, this is it! It’s your big chance to win marriage equality, Virginia! But for real this time.
After a week of scrambling and panic, both sides in the Virginia case were ready to go to a hearing on Thursday of last week. But then snow closed down the Richmond court, so we’ve just been waiting and waiting and waiting.
The new court date: Tuesday of this week. AFER will be there with its plaintiffs; the pro-equality state Attorney General will be represented; and there’ll be various clerks from around the state, some with assistance from the anti-gay ADF. This should provide an interesting window into the shifting, desperate legal strategies of our opponents, now that so many courts are knocking down their arguments.
But don’t get too hung up on Virginia, because there’s still a ton of news in other states. Utah and Oklahoma are set to make a big splash in just a few weeks, now that hearings have been set in both states’ cases. Both UT and OK saw major equality victories recently, and we’ll hear arguments in their appeals on April 10 and 17, respectively.
Meanwhile, we are loving the trend of deeply conservative states making bold plays for marriage. Kansas is the latest state to take a stab at overturning marriage bans legislatively. Two bills could appear in the current legislative session. A lawsuit is moving ahead in West Virginia. And what was looking like the sure-fire passage of a marriage ban in Indiana is now heavily in doubt.