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No delay of Virginia marriages, 4th Circuit says

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for Gay and Lesbian couples to begin marrying in Virginia with a short August 13 ruling denying a request for a stay in the case of Bostic v. Rainey. Marriages could begin on August 18. Previously, on July 28, the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court decision striking down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages. That decision by a three-judge panel was 2-1 in favor of marriage equality, and the same 2-1 majority voted to deny the stay. Prince William County Clerk Michèle McQuigg had asked the appellate court to stay their ruling while she seeks U.S. Supreme Court review of the case. The ACLU and Lambda Legal opposed the stay on behalf of approximately 14,000 Virginia same-sex couples. McQuigg may still ask the Supreme Court to stay the Fourth Circuit ruling. ‘We hope that the Supreme Court will leave th

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