Monday, July 28, 2014

News Flash

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. 

The 2-1 ruling from the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a district court judge's ruling in February striking down the state's prohibition on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Richmond, Va.-based 4th Circuit now joins the Denver-based 10th Circuit, which earlier this month struck down a similar ban in Oklahoma.


Sylvia T. said...

How can you tell when a dinosaur is dying? When they talk like this:

Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, called the ruling "outrageous" and warned registers of deeds across the state that they could face criminal prosecution if they try to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"Anyone who believes that this decision in Virginia somehow strikes down North Carolina's Marriage Amendment is wrong. North Carolina's Marriage Amendment still stands, and no judge has found it unconstitutional," Fitzgerald said in a statement.


Anonymous said...

From Equality NC this statement clarifies the current status: "Legal experts tell us that the 4th Circuit ruling HAS NOT been put into effect yet. The court will decide over the next few days when the ruling is in effect and whether there is a stay on the decision. However, Defendants in the case will likely request a stay *and* if Defendants seek en banc review, that will also stay the decision. The next step could also include an appeal to the United States Supreme Court. Alternately, the case could go before the full 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in an en banc hearing. If the court enters a stay pending possible review by the Supreme Court, then the ruling would not change anything immediately on the ground immediately for same-sex couples, either in Virginia or in other states within the 4th Circuit, including North Carolina."

Anonymous said...

From the Washington Post: "Opponents of such unions could ask the full 4th Circuit to review the panel’s decision or take the case directly to the Supreme Court. The panel’s decision does not go into effect for 21 days."