Notice of appeal in Va. gay marriage ruling filed

AP News
Posted: Feb 26, 2014 10:43 AM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A second clerk plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that declares the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.

A notice of appeal from the Prince William County Circuit Court clerk was filed in federal court in Norfolk on Tuesday, a day after U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen issued a final judgment in the case.

Wright Allen's ruling earlier this month found that the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

The Norfolk Circuit Court clerk also is appealing the decision. The two couples involved in the case live in Norfolk and Chesterfield County.

The Virginia Attorney General's Office also has filed a notice of appeal, although it is not defending the law. Office spokesman Michael Kelly says the notice was filed to speed up the appeals process.