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High-Profile Legal Team Joins Suit Against Virginia Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Virginia has banned same-sex marriage since 2006, but one Norfolk couple is now seeking to change that.
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Virginia has banned same-sex marriage since 2006, but one Norfolk couple is now seeking to change that.

The high-profile team that brought down California's prohibition on same-sex marriage has joined a challenge of Virginia's constitutional ban on gay marriages.

David Boies and Theodore Olson are representing two gay men who say they were turned down when they tried to obtain a marriage license in Norfolk Circuit Court on July 1.

They were turned down because Virginia voters approved the same-sex marriage ban 57 percent to 43 percent in 2006. The ban also means the state doesn't recognize unions between same sex couples that are sanctioned by other states.

A spokesman for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said he would defend the amendment to the state Constitution against the legal challenge.

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