No Delay on Same-Sex Marriage in VA: Here’s Why That’s OK

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Virginia’s 4th Circuit court ruled at the end of July that Virginia’s voter-led ban on gay marriage was not constitutionally acceptable as it constituted “segregation.” That left two big question marks on the horizon. The first dealt with the inevitable appeal to Supreme Court at some indeterminate time in the future. The second we’ve just had answered: Will Virginia couples be allowed to proceed with marriages? Or will these proceedings be held off with a motion to stay until a later date, as some states have held?

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that, “Upon consideration of submissions relative to the motion to stay mandate, the court denies the motion,” bringing forth the expected celebrations and ceremonies, as well as some choice words from opponents.

“It’s shocking that the 4th Circuit has introduced chaos to Virginia where other appellate courts have recognized that the final decision will likely be made by the Supreme Court,” Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia, told The Washington Post. “This decision suggests an arrogance by these judges that is simply appalling.”

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