Nation & World News

Gay Marriages May Begin In Virginia Next Week, After Court Denies A Stay

By Bill Chappell on August 13th, 2014

A federal court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage to be recognized in Virginia, denying a motion to stay its own ruling against a ban on the unions. That means same-sex couples could apply for marriage licenses in Virginia next week, state officials say.

The ruling came from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, which had taken up the case after a district court struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage in February. The appeals court refused to postpone the enforcement of that ruling today, making Aug. 20 the first day same-sex couples in Virginia can marry or have their out-of-state marriages recognized, barring any action from a higher court.

“Under the rules of the court, the order is effective 7 days from the day it is issued, barring intervention by the Supreme Court of the United States which could issue its own stay,” says a spokesman for Attorney General Mark R. Herring, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

NPR’s Debbie Elliott reports:

“A Prince William County court clerk had sought the delay pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The Virginia case is one of dozens pending across the country in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

“Since, federal judges around the country have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional.”

According to the AP, the 4th Circuit’s ruling could cause ripples in other Southern states, as well:

“While clerks in other states within the 4th Circuit — West Virginia and the Carolinas — wouldn’t technically have to begin issuing licenses as well, federal courts in the state would likely make them [do so] if they don’t, said Nancy Leong, a law professor at the University of Denver. Maryland, another state in the circuit, already allows same-sex marriages.”

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley as he announces his intention to seek the Democratic presidential nomination during a speech in Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Seeks Democratic Nomination

O’Malley, also a former Baltimore mayor, has made no secret of his desire to run, despite his lack of a national profile. He faces an uphill battle against front-runner Hillary Clinton.


Death Toll In Texas, Oklahoma Floods At 28

The region is expecting more rain and officials warn that the Colorado River at Wharton could crest today, causing even more flooding in what has been the wettest May on record for the state.


A photo from March shows Mohammed Soltan being pushed by his father Salah during a court appearance in Cairo, Egypt. Soltan, a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen, was ordered deported to the U.S. after a prolonged hunger strike protesting his prison conditions.

Egypt Agrees To Deport U.S. Citizen Sentenced For Protests

In April, Mohamed Soltan, 27, was sentenced to life in prison for his ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. He had been on a more than year-long hunger strike.


‘Eggcorns': The Gaffes That Spread Like Wildflowers

An eggcorn is a word or phrase that isn’t right, but makes some sense. It’s among more than 1,700 words Merriam-Webster just added to its dictionary. What are your favorite eggcorns?


Bob Schieffer on the set of Face the Nation in September.

CBS’ Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS’ Face the Nation, retires Sunday after 46 years at the network. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Schieffer is the last among a vanished breed of traditional news anchors.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments