Supreme Court Delays Gay Marriages in Virginia at the Last Minute

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U.S. Supreme Court stops gay marriages planned for August 21st in Virginia

Just one day before marriage licenses were to be provided to gay couples in Virginia, the Supreme Court decided to delay same-sex marriages without providing any explanation. In addition to stopping many of the same-sex weddings planned on August 21st, the order prevents the state from recognizing gay couples married out of state.

This comes as a surprise as the court had ruled that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was against the constitution. Expressing its opinions in a statement, the Asheville-based Campaign for Southern Equality wrote, “This means that couples in the Virginias and the Carolinas cannot immediately exercise their fundamental right to marry as recognized by the Fourth Circuit.”

“We are disappointed in today’s action taken by the Court. Every day that same-sex couples in the 4th Circuit – and across the country – are not able to marry, LGBT families are harmed,” the statement continues. “But we remain hopeful that the Supreme Court will take up a marriage equality case in short order.”

Virginia is expected to have around 7,100 same-sex couples married within three years of the change in law. However, when they will be recognized by the state and given the rights they deserve is yet to be determined.

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