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,”