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5:13-cv-00077 #110

5:13-cv-00077 #110

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Doc 110 - Defendant Rainey's Notice of change in legal position
Doc 110 - Defendant Rainey's Notice of change in legal position

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Harrisonburg Division JOANNE HARRIS,
et al.
,
 ) )
Plaintiffs,
) )
v.
)
Civil Action No. 5:13-cv-00077
 )
ROBERT F. MCDONNELL,
et al.
,
) )
Defendants.
) NOTICE OF CHANGE IN LEGAL POSITION BY DEFENDANT JANET M. RAINEY
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, on behalf of Defendant Janet M. Rainey, in her official capacity, hereby changes the legal position of the Commonwealth in this action. Having exercised his independent constitutional judgment, consistent with his oath of office, the Attorney General has concluded that Virginia’s laws denying the right to marry to same-sex couples violate the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Attorney General will not defend the constitutionality of those laws, will argue for their being declared unconstitutional, and will work to ensure that both sides of the issue are responsibly and vigorously briefed and argued before the courts to facilitate a decision on the merits, consistent with the rule of law. Rainey will continue to enforce the provisions of Virginia law at issue until the judicial branch can render a decision in this matter. The reasons for this change in legal position are set forth in the attached memorandum of law, filed in
 Bostic v. Rainey
, No. 2:13-cv-00395 (E.D. Va. Jan. 24, 2014), and incorporated by reference here.
Case 5:13-cv-00077-MFU-RSB Document 110 Filed 01/27/14 Page 1 of 2 Pageid#: 1318
 
2 Respectfully submitted, /s/ Stuart A. Raphael, VSB #30380 Solicitor General of Virginia 900 East Main Street Richmond, Virginia 23219 (804) 786-7240 – Telephone (804) 371-0200 – Facsimile sraphael@oag.state.va.us
Counsel for Defendant Rainey
Mark R. Herring Attorney General of Virginia Cynthia E. Hudson Chief Deputy Attorney General H. Lane Kneedler, VSB #007722 Senior Counsel Rhodes B. Ritenour, VSB #71406 Deputy Attorney General E-mail: rritenour@oag.state.va.us Trevor S. Cox, VSB #78396 Deputy Solicitor General E-mail: tcox@oag.state.va.us Allyson K. Tysinger, VSB #41982 Senior Assistant Attorney General E-mail: atysinger@oag.state.va.us Catherine Crooks Hill, VSB #43505 Senior Assistant Attorney General E-mail: cchill@oag.state.va.us
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I hereby certify that on January 27, 2014, I will electronically file the foregoing with the Clerk of the Court using the CM/ECF system, which will send a copy to counsel of record. /s/ Stuart A. Raphael
Case 5:13-cv-00077-MFU-RSB Document 110 Filed 01/27/14 Page 2 of 2 Pageid#: 1319
 
 
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA  Norfolk Division TIMOTHY B. BOSTIC,
et al.
,
 ) )
Plaintiffs,
) )
v.
)
Civil Action No. 2:13-cv-00395
 )
JANET M. RAINEY,
et al.
,
) )
Defendants.
) MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF CHANGE IN LEGAL POSITION BY DEFENDANT JANET M. RAINEY
Mark R. Herring Attorney General of Virginia Cynthia E. Hudson Chief Deputy Attorney General Stuart A. Raphael, VSB #30380 Solicitor General of Virginia
Counsel of Record
H. Lane Kneedler, VSB #007722 Senior Counsel Rhodes B. Ritenour, VSB #71406 Deputy Attorney General Allyson K. Tysinger, VSB #41982 Senior Assistant Attorney General Catherine Crooks Hill, VSB #43505 Senior Assistant Attorney General Office of the Attorney General 900 East Main Street Richmond, Virginia 23219 (804) 786-7240 – Telephone (804) 371-0200 – Facsimile January 23, 2014
 
Case 5:13-cv-00077-MFU-RSB Document 110-1 Filed 01/27/14 Page 1 of 30 Pageid#: 1320

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