NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Attorney General's Office wants a federal judge to take note of a recent ruling in Kentucky that said the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
In a filing Wednesday, Virginia Solicitor General Stuart Raphael asked U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen to consider the Kentucky ruling as she prepares to make her own in a similar case in Norfolk.
A gay couple who wants to marry and a lesbian couple who wants their California marriage recognized in Virginia are challenging Virginia's constitutional ban on gay marriages in a lawsuit.
The Virginia Attorney General's Office has decided not to defend the state's ban, saying it violates the 14th Amendment. Verbal arguments in the case were heard last week.