John M. Becker

BREAKING: Stay Denied in VA Ruling; Marriages May Start Next Week

Filed By John M. Becker | August 13, 2014 12:10 PM | comments

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


UPDATE: CORRECTION -- the current stay expires one week from today, meaning Wednesday, not Monday, as Davidson, Equality Virginia, and others initially reported.

Jon Davidson, legal director at Lambda Legal, reports on Facebook that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has today refused to stay its ruling striking down Virginia's marriage discrimination amendment, meaning that same-sex couples in Virginia will be able to begin marrying there on Wednesday unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes to stop them.

The ACLU has more information:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today denied a request to delay implementation of its ruling striking down Virginia laws denying marriage to same-sex couples. The court's action means that, unless the Supreme Court intervenes, couples may begin marrying and having their out-of-state marriages recognized in Virginia on August 20.

Prince William County Circuit Court Clerk Michèle McQuigg had asked the court to stay the ruling while she asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. The ACLU of Virginia, ACLU, and Lambda Legal opposed the stay on behalf of approximately 14,000 Virginia same-sex couples. McQuigg may still ask the Supreme Court to stay the Fourth Circuit ruling.

"We hope that the Supreme Court will leave this ruling in place, so that same-sex couples may begin marrying right away," said Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, Executive Director of the ACLU of Virginia. "Our clients have already waited far too long to exercise their constitutional right to marry, or to have their marriages from other states recognized."

Given that the Supremes intervened to stop marriages in Utah, a stay seems likely. Needless to say, we'll keep you updated on future developments in this story as they happen. Watch this space. Fingers crossed that Virginia couples will soon have the freedom to marry!

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

14-1167 #247 by Equality Case Files

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