BREAKING: 4th Circuit denies stay in marriage equality ruling. Marriage equality could come to multiple states.

Hot damn!  This is great.

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.

But don’t get your hopes entirely up.  A stay was denied in the Utah case as well (on the grounds that they were unlikely win and appeal, lol).  Utah asked the SCOTUS for a stay and it was granted:

In December, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled in a lawsuit that Utah’s ban was unconstitutional. Shelby did not put a stay in place, but Utah requested a stay from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, which she granted on Jan. 6. During that 17-day period, many same-sex couples wed.

So it’s entirely likely that Virginia will make a similar request and entirely possible that the SCOTUS will grant it.  We’ll have to wait and see.  Virginia has ten days to make the call, then people can start getting married to the people they love without interference from the faithful (who will drone on and on to tell you how their religion is all about love).

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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