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Media Advisory Update – May 13, 2014, Oral Argument in No. 14-1167, Bostic v. Schaefer

May 13, 2014

Argument Date & Time:   Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Case Information:  Appeal from a judgment of the Eastern District of Virginia declaring Virginia's marriage laws unconstitutional insofar as they prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and deny state recognition to same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

Location:  Lewis F. Powell, Jr., United States Courthouse, 1000 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.  Courthouse entrances on Main Street and Bank Street open at 7:00 a.m.  Bring photo identification and allow sufficient time to pass through security screening.  Do not bring restricted items, such as electronic devices, weapons, food, or beverages.  For directions, parking, and entry information, see Visiting the Court.

Courtroom:  Butzner Courtroom (Room 201)

Overflow Courtroom:  An audio-video feed will be broadcast to the Red Courtroom (Room 412).

Argument Panel:  
Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer – seated in the middle and presiding at argument
Honorable Roger L. Gregory – seated to the left as viewed from the audience
Honorable Henry F. Floyd – seated to the right as viewed from the audience.

See I.O.P. 34.1 (three-judge panels are generated by a computer program designed to achieve total random selection of judges and assignment of cases to panels). 

Arguing for Reversal: (30 minutes) 

David B. Oakley, Poole Mahoney PC, for Appellant George E. Schaefer, III.

David Austin Robert Nimocks, Alliance Defending Freedom, for Appellant Michele McQuigg, and on rebuttal.

Arguing for Affirmance: (30 minutes)

Theodore Olson, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, for Appellees Timothy B. Bostic, Tony C. London, Carol Schall and Mary Townley.

Stuart A. Raphael, Solicitor General of Virginia, for Appellant Janet M. Rainey.

James D. Esseks, American Civil Liberties Union, for Intervenors Joanne Harris, Jessica Duff, Christy Berghoff, and Victoria Kidd.

Media Interviews and Public Gatherings:  Media interviews and public gatherings must be conducted off the courthouse property and courthouse steps and must not impede public access to the courthouse.

Oral Argument Audio Links:  The court will post a link to the audio file of the oral argument at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at this link: http://www.uscourts.gov/courts/ca4/14-1167-20140513.mp3

This link will also be available on the court's Listen to Oral Arguments and Media pages.  

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