Case made for gay nuptials in Virginia
Virginia Solicitor General Stuart Raphael asked a federal judge on Tuesday to strike down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages. Raphael compared the state constitutional amendment banning such unions to the commonwealth's previous defense of segregation, a ban on interracial marriage and resistance to admitting women to VMI — all decisions overturned by the Supreme Court. The law was defended by lawyers for the circuit court clerks in Norfolk and Prince William County, who issue marriage licenses. U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen did not ask a question of the lawyers who addressed her during the arguments but said she will rule quickly on an issue all agreed will be settled by the Supreme Court.
By the numbers
64 Percent of adults in England who are overweight or obese, according to new figures by the national public health agency. People who are heavy have a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other ailments.