Part I of this article chronicles marriage equality's rise and development nationally. It ascertains that challenges, which fos- tered the invalidation of marriage prohibitions that essentially govern nearly all jurisdictions, including Virginia, have triggered some controversy. Part II scrutinizes Judge Wright Allen's resolu- tion of the Virginia litigation and the United States Court of Ap- peals for the Fourth Circuit determination, which affirmed her ruling. This portion finds that the district jurist comprehensively assessed the relevant legal and factual issues when striking down the proscription while the Fourth Circuit appropriately upheld her opinion. Part III then derives lessons from the story recount- ed because it ascertains that marriage equality in Virginia has clarified, even as the national landscape continues to be relatively unclear. Part IV proffers suggestions for the future.
Carl Tobias, Marriage Equality Comes to Virginia, 49 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1193 (2015).