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.