Thursday, August 21, 2014
On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court granted a request to delay the enforcement of an appeals court ruling that overturned Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban. For gay and lesbian couples, this means they are currently unable to legally wed.
Last month the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals struck down Virginia’s voter-approved gay marriage ban, following what other state and federal judges have done in the past year. In successive weeks, the Supreme Court will have the final say, and accept petitions from one or more various states to review the ban on same-sex marriage. A binding ruling from the High Court could apply to all 31 current states that forbid same-sex marriage.
Gay right activists are urging swift action from the justices, “This Supreme Court’s stay of yet another freedom to marry ruling underscores the urgency of the court’s granting a full review and bringing the court to national resolution by next year . . . It is time for the Supreme Court to affirm what more than thirty courts have held in the past year: marriage discrimination violates the Constitution, harms families, and is unworthy of America.”
See Bill Mears, Supreme Court: No Same-Sex Marriage In Virginia, Yet, CNN, Aug. 20, 2014.