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A three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments in the marriage equality case out of Virginia, Bostic v. Schaefer, this morning. In February, District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen struck down Virginia's marriage ban as unconstitutional. And, the three judge panel at the Fourth Circuit will review her ruling. The three judges were announced this morning before the hearing. They are Paul V. Niemeyer (nominated to the Court by President George H. W. Bush), Roger L. Gregory (nominated to the Court by both President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush), and Henry F. Floyd (named to the Appeals Court by President Obama).

Attorney Ted Olson presented arguments for the plaintiffs in the case.

You can read more about the case at Freedom To Marry.

Audio of the hearing is to be released later this afternoon.

If you have information as to how the hearing went, please let us know in the comments below.

Law Professor Ari Ezra Waldman has given his thoughts on the hearing at Towleroad.

And, Equality On Trial should have some good analysis of the hearing later today as well.

11:13 AM PT: The ruling by this panel at the Fourth Circuit could impact four states -- Virginia, West Virginia, N. Carolina, and S. Carolina.

11:15 AM PT: Audio is now available:

Originally posted to librarisingnsf on Tue May 13, 2014 at 09:43 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality.

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