John M. Becker

BREAKING: No Weddings in Virginia Tomorrow

Filed By John M. Becker | August 20, 2014 3:20 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Virginia

virginia-map.jpgAs expected, the United States Supreme Court has stayed a federal appeals court ruling striking down Virginia's marriage discrimination ban, temporarily stopping same-sex marriages from taking place in the state.

Had the Court not intervened, marriages would have begun tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.

In a one-paragraph, unsigned order, the Court grants the stay in order to allow time for an appeal, but adds that if the Court ultimately decides not to hear the case, the stay will "terminate automatically." If the Court does grant cert, the ruling will be on hold until the Justices decide the case.

The order indicates that Chief Justice John Roberts, who is responsible for stay requests in the Fourth Circuit, referred the matter to the full Court to decide. It does not say which justices voted to grant the stay.

A copy of the order is after the break, via Equality Case Files.

14A196 Supreme Court Stay Order by Equality Case Files

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