Same Sex Marriage

A fed­eral court cleared the way for same-sex mar­riage to be rec­og­nized in Vir­ginia after deny­ing a motion to stay its own rul­ing against a ban on the unions. As a result of the rul­ing same-sex cou­ples can apply for mar­riage licenses in Vir­ginia next week.

The rul­ing came from the 4th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Appeals in Rich­mond, which took the case after a dis­trict court on same-sex mar­riage in Feb­ru­ary.

The appeals court would not delay the enforce­ment of that rul­ing, mak­ing Aug. 20 the first day same-sex cou­ples in Vir­ginia can marry or have their out-of-state mar­riages rec­og­nized. The Supreme Court of the United States could still issue its own stay,”