Friday, November 1, 2013, 11:10 PM

WDVa Denies Transfer of Same-Sex Marriage Case

Judge Urbanski denied a motion to transfer venue in an action challenging Virginia's ban on same sex marriage.  The State had asked the Court to transfer the lawsuit, which is pending in the Harrisonburg Division, to Norfolk so it could be consolidated with a similar lawsuit pending there.  The Court, however, declined the motion to transfer venue, finding "meaningful differences" among the plaintiffs.  One interesting difference is that the Harrisonburg case is a class action lawsuit.  It was brought by a couple in Staunton who were denied a marriage license after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer.  For more information about the case, click here.

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