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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.

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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!!!