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Federal Appeals Court Denies Stay On Virginia Same-Sex Marriages

​The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has denied a request to stay the ruling that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional! Barring a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex couples in the state could begin marrying next week!

BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner reports:

Same-sex couples will be able to marry next week in Virginia, if a Wednesday federal appeals court ruling is allowed to stand.

The federal appeals court that ruled Virginia’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional had been asked to stay its decision pending the appeal of the case. A stay would keep the ban in effect during any appeal.

On a 2-1 vote, the panel refused to do so on Wednesday.


Absent further action, though, the 4th Circuit, under its rules, is due to issue its mandate in the case seven days from the Wednesday’s stay denial, which would allow same-sex couples to marry on August 20.

Let's hope we get more good news!!!