Gay Marriage in Virginia Put on Hold by US Supreme Court

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 04:13 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia, putting a lower court ruling on hold while the justices decide whether to act on the issue in the nine-month term that starts in October.

The three-sentence order, which came without explanation or published dissent, tracks a similar order the court issued in January to halt gay marriage in Utah. The move leaves the number of states where gays can legally wed at 19, along with the District of Columbia.

The court will say as soon October whether it will hear the Virginia case or similar pending gay-marriage appeals from Utah and Oklahoma. Two federal appeals courts are among dozens of tribunals that have said same-sex marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution.

Virginia would have been the first state from the old Confederacy to have gay marriage. A federal appeals court struck down the state’s longstanding ban on a 2-1 vote. That ruling would have taken effect tomorrow had the Supreme Court not intervened.

Virginia’s ban is being challenged by same-sex couples seeking either to marry or to have the state recognize weddings that took place elsewhere. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring also opposes the ban, leaving its defense to Michele McQuigg, the Prince William County clerk who issues marriage licenses there.

Both sides in the dispute say the Supreme Court should take up the case. Herring broke with other gay-marriage supporters by urging the justices to leave the ban in place until they rule.

The case is McQuigg v. Bostic, 14A196.


© Copyright 2014 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Scott Brown, Jeanne Shaheen Locked in NH Senate Duel

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 10:53 AM

The fiery, often bitter New Hampshire race for the Senate between incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott . . .

Canada PM Hid in a Closet During Parliament Shooting

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 10:29 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was shoved into a closet when a gunmen stormed parliament, local newspapers said  . . .

Putin: US Blackmails the World, Weakens it

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 10:04 AM

The U.S is behaving like "Big Brother" and blackmailing world leaders, while making imbalances in global relations worse . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved