Delay Denied in Ruling on Va. Gay Marriage Ban

By: Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press
By: Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied a request to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Wednesday denied the request by a county court clerk in northern Virginia to stay the decision while it is appealed to the Supreme Court.

That means that without intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex couples could begin marrying and have their out-of-state marriages recognized by next Wednesday.

Late last month, the court ruled that Virginia's gay marriage ban approved by voters in 2006 is unconstitutional.

Representatives for the defendants didn't immediately comment.

The earliest marriages could possibly begin on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Under the rules of the court, the order is effective seven days from the day it is issued, barring intervention by the Supreme Court of the United States which could issue its own stay.

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